As the branch convener of the outer east branch of the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) I, alongside Cr. Roz Blades from the City of Greater Dandenong and June Whitton, the co-convener of the PTUA south east branch attended the Dandenong Community Cabinet to seek a delegate with Transport Minister Peter Batchelor.
In a complete contrast the Maroondah Community Cabinet in 2005, Minister Batchelor was rather courteous and seemed appreciative to hear the PTUA’s input and requests to improve public transport within the outer suburbs.
Minister Batchelor offered a glimmer of hope through the Transport and Liveability Statement stating that it would provide a framework and funding towards new bus contracts resulting in streamlined bus routes and improved services.
There is growing speculation regarding the Transport and Liveability Statement and it must be hoped that the State Government finally delivers on the promises it has made towards public transport.