The first meeting for 2007 of the Eastern Transport Coalition was held tonight to begin implementing the groups’ objectives. This includes achieving federal funding for public transport and to participate in the Melbourne 2030 audit to ensure that the State Government invests in much needed public transport infrastructure and further service improvements.
The Eastern Transport Coalition achieved a number of victories over the last year, including the abolition of zone three, which will take effect from March. Given the ongoing success of the Eastern Transport Coalition Cr. Mick van de Vreede of Knox City Council received unanimous support to continue as chair as we enter 2007.
Melbourne’s future economic, social and environmental success will depend on fast, efficient and frequent public transport. The State Government must act upon the public transport needs of eastern Melbourne to boost the public confidence in its flagging Melbourne 2030 planning policy.