The Maroondah Partners in Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee includes a number of external agencies which advise council on health and safety initiatives within the municipality and provide feedback on council’s direction and policies.
Today’s meeting included a presentation on the Ringwood Transit City to provide committee members with an update on the planning undertaken for central Ringwood and the vision to create a new town centre. The plans include the creation of a public square and a new Ringwood Library with pedestrian access improvements to the Ringwood Station and Eastland.
For the Ringwood town centre to reach its full potential, the redevelopment of Ringwood Station must be funded by the State Government. The current station fails disability access requirements and is perceived to be unsafe. Furthermore the current difficulties in crossing six lanes of traffic between Ringwood Station and the retail and residential areas of Ringwood reduces the opportunity to provide a vibrant streetscape. Public transport will underpin the success of Ringwood’s revitalisation and it is critical that the State Government supports council vision for the future of Ringwood.
The Maroondah Partners in Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee expressed its support for the revitalisation of Ringwood to provide a pedestrian friendly environment and easily accessible public transport facilities.