I was recently appointed onto the MAV Transport and Infrastructure Group which held its first meeting for 2006 this evening. The Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) is the industry recognised organisation representing local government within Victoria and as such is addressing transport and infrastructure needs on a strategic level.
There is a clear understanding within local government that public transport must be improved to secure Melbourne and Victoria’s future economic, social and environmental wellbeing. The MAV is particularly concerned with the disjointed approach the State Government has provided towards public transport and it is clear that this must be rectified.
The State Government’s last opportunity to address this will be within the upcoming and much anticipated Transport and Liveability Statement. Melbourne deserves better that the haphazard approach afforded to us over the past six years.