The Yarrunga Retirees Group is one of the many community groups that operate through the Yarrunga Community Centre which is located in Croydon Hills within Maroondah.
Upon invitation I spoke to the Yarrunga Retirees Group about the need for improved public transport within both Maroondah and Melbourne overall. While areas located close to rail stations are reasonably well served by public transport the government has failed to provide an adequate bus network that will allow convenient travel between neighbouring suburbs.
Unfortunately the Transport and Liveability Statement is unlikely to provide much benefit to the Maroondah community meaning that residents in Maroondah will not be spared the increasing financial hardship caused by rising prices.
Bus services must be fast, frequent, direct and readily available to ensure that Melbourne is provided with services that provide a ready alternative to car travel.
Improvements to public transport are a necessity not a nicety and with both an aging population and rising petrol prices the need to improve public transport should be evident.
For information on the Yarrunga Community Centre please visit www.yarrunga.org.au.