The Maroondah Journal has reported on the latest funding announcement for Ringwood Station, which includes $3.4 million for detailed design work for the Station and $2 million for amenity improvements.
Cr. Alex Makin said the funding was a “progressive step in the right direction. It will transform what is an unsightly feature into an iconic transit city.”
This additional funding will allow for a detailed design to be undertaken for Ringwood, raising the possibility of the redevelopment to be earmarked in next year’s budget.
He said that while the funding was good “the State Government has failed to provide 100 per cent funding certainty. We expect them to provide long-term financial commitment and they have not done that. It’s about maintaining confidence in the community.”
Footscray Station, as part of the Transit Cities program, has been allocated $52 million to allow for the redevelopment of the station and to revitalise the centre of Footscray. Ringwood, as a Transit City, should be allocated a long-term funding program to provide certainty and a financial commitment for works to commence.
The redevelopment of Ringwood Station is crucial to ensure the transformation of Ringwood and ensure confidence in the Transit Cities program.