Independent Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed District has welcomed the announcement of a Regional Transport Advisory Group.
The group will include a Shepparton representative, from the Committee for Greater Shepparton, and will be co-chaired by Labor Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes and Gippslander Richard Elkington.
The group will drive community consultation and inform the development of the Regional Network Development Plan.
The announcement comes after more than 120 Shepparton residents travelled to the Parliament of Victoria yesterday to push for improved rail services as part of the All Aboard Shepparton campaign.
“More than 120 Shepparton residents felt so strongly about this issue that they got up at the crack of dawn to come to Melbourne and make their voices heard,” Ms Sheed said.
“This campaign has galvanized the community and we will not stop until we see real investment and improvement in the line.”
The Regional Network Development Plan will set out the priorities for regional public transport now and into the future.
The community consultation phase will start next month, with a session to be held in Shepparton and opportunity for input online.
“I’m conscious there have already been years of consultation and no action, so I will continue to lobby the Minister for Public Transport to invest in the line as soon as possible, and plan for the longer term improvements that are needed,” Ms Sheed said.
The Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, said the Regional Development Network Plan would be finalised by the end of this year.
She said it would inform next year’s state budget.
“The Minister, Member for Bendigo East, said during yesterday’s meeting that she had seen the transformative effect a decent public transport system can have for unlocking opportunities in regional communities, so I hope she gives the Shepparton region that same investment and opportunity that Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Traralgon have enjoyed,” Ms Sheed said.
29 May 2015