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Public Transport for Melbourne's Southeast

By September 5, 20072 Comments

This evening I was invited by Casey, Greater Dandenong and Cardinia residents to discuss public transport issues in Melbourne’s southeast.

While the meeting was planned to proceed through the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA), the committee was unable to provide a speaker, leaving local residents in the lurch. At the request of the then PTUA Southeast branch, I attended the meeting to answer questions and to reinforce the need for outer suburban residents to speak up about the transport woes they are facing.

While it would appear that the PTUA Southeast Branch has been disbanded due to a lack of support from the PTUA, local residents are keen to establish their own organisation to ensure an ongoing presence for public transport advocacy.

Terry Hornbuckle, June Whitton both formerly from the PTUA Southeast Branch must be congratulated for their ongoing efforts and for engaging the local community to ensure a solid attendance at the meeting. Cr. Steve Beardon, a Councillor for the City of Casey, must also be congratulated for providing a meeting venue and for his support in promoting the meeting.

Melbourne’s growth suburbs should be the frontline for public transport advocacy as it is imperative that public transport in new areas is provided at the onset of new development. Failure to deliver such public transport, will only result in a similar situation to Rowville, where transport advocates are on the backfoot calling for investment in established areas, and provide major difficulties in future years.

I look forward to working with residents as they find their voices in the call for public transport advocacy.

Alex Makin

Alex Makin

Alex Makin is a councillor for the Mullum Ward in the City of Maroondah. Alex has been a councillor since 2005, representing ratepayers, businesses, community groups and residents. I aim to continue making a difference and welcome any thoughts you may have in regard to life, community and business in Maroondah. Phone: (03) 9870 8202 or 0408 311 645 Email: alex@alexmakin.com.au

2 Comments

  • Jess says:

    Hi Alex,

    it’s a shame that the ptua has abandoned the outer suburbs we need good public transport too!

  • Alex Makin says:

    Hello Jess,

    Thank you for your comments, I certainly agree that Melbourne’s outer suburbs and areas being extensively redeveloped, should be the focus for public transport advocates. It is critical that we get the provision of public transport as these areas are being redeveloped to ensure that services are available as residents move into these areas.

    It becomes much more difficult in arguing for significant infrastructure upgrades once areas are well established and travel patterns (often around car dependence) have been formed.

    I understand that a second meeting is being planned to further assist residents in campaigning for public transport.

    Thanks,

    Alex

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