Transport community consultation sessions announced

By: Graham Gardiner


Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula today announced details of five community consultation sessions on public transport options in north-west Victoria.

Public Transport Minister Martin Pakula today announced details of five community consultation sessions on public transport options in north-west Victoria.

He says the consultation sessions are part of the Brumby Government’s commitment to look into the feasibility of returning passenger rail services to the Mildura corridor.

"The Brumby Labor Government is taking action to provide Victorians with the best public transport network in Australia, so people can spend less time commuting and more time with family and friends," he says.

"With the Mildura rail freight upgrade completed last year, we are now fulfilling our commitment to review public transport services along the north-west corridor.

"As part of this review, we want to hear from communities along the corridor and find out more about their transport needs.

"We are inviting local residents to come along and have their say about existing public transport services in the region and areas for future improvement."

Pakula says public consultation is already under way with the Department of Transport accepting written submissions about services in the region since December 2009.

"The upcoming consultation sessions will build on this and provide an alternative avenue for people to have their say on local transport issues," he says.

"These sessions will seek input on topics such as current travel patterns, main travel destinations, preferred travel modes and preferred travel improvements.

"I’d encourage people to have their say on local transport services by participating in one of the workshops or making a written submission before 31 March this year."

Community consultation sessions will be held from 6.30pm to 9pm in:
  • Birchip – Tuesday, March 9
  • St Arnaud – Wednesday, March 10
  • Swan Hall – Monday, March 15
  • Ouyen – Tuesday, March 16
  • Mildura – Wednesday, March 17.

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