The Maroondah Journal has been following the progress of the latest campaign to achieve a State Government commitment for the redevelopment of Ringwood Station.
Maroondah Councillor Alex Makin said commuters were rightfully frustrated. “The No. 1 issue is the poor condition of the station and the poor image. It really is crunch for Ringwood’s transit city”.
While Ringwood has been earmarked as a designated Transit City, which means a supposed State Government focus on increasing public transport usage, the Government has been lacklustre in its support for Ringwood.
“This is like watching a slow and painful game of chess where everyone seems to be waiting for someone else to make the first move. It is up to the State Government now to lead by example and start the redevelopment of Ringwood Station.”
As the ward councillor over most of the Ringwood Transit City, I have been able to mandate the construction of footpaths for new developments, demonstrating a tangible commitment to encouraging sustainable forms of transport. Unfortunately without action from the State Government, the revitalisation of Ringwood, including the establishment of a new town centre and new walking paths, is likely to be delayed.
The redevelopment of Ringwood Station is not just a nicety but a necessity, given that the Station fails disability compliance and is often perceived to be unsafe. Sustainable transport and a newly developed Ringwood Station is critical to ensuring the much needed revitalisation of Ringwood.
The Ringwood and Maroondah community will be rightfully disappointed with the State Government if funding is not announced as part of the next State budget.