In submissions to the State and Federal Government’s the ETC has sought co-operation to tackle one of the most significant contributors to rising greenhouse gases and rising petrol prices – private transport.

Cr Mick Van De Vreede, ETC Chairperson said that the seven councils wanted to see the funding criteria for AusLink changed to allow the $3+billion a year funding program to fund urban public transport.

“If we are going to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases we emit and help families avoid the rising petrol prices we need to increase the availability of public transport now.

“A long term plan to reduce climate change requires a long term plan for the expansion of public transport.

“In the east this means four broad key projects;

  • Heavy rail connections to Doncaster and Rowville
  • Duplication or triplication on the Belgrave, Lilydale and Dandenong lines
  • Completion and implementation of bus service reviews
  • Improvement of passenger amenity through state of the art transport interchanges in Ringwood and Box Hill

“Without immediate action to deliver on these projects residents in the outer east will be unable to do their bit to reduce climate change.

“It would take two simple steps, the Federal Government can show national leadership and change their policies and then the State Government can make a formal request for AusLink funds to start scoping work or actually implement some of the ETC’s four broad key projects.

“The fact that we have the ALP in power in the both the state and federal governments should ensure that we have an unprecedented level of cooperation on this nations most pressing problems.

“In the past a Federal ALP Government has cooperated with a State Liberal Government to provide federal funding for public transport, I see no reason why the two governments can not cooperate now,” Cr Van De Vreede concluded.

For more information please contact;

ETC Chairperson Cr Mick Van De Vreede 0438 029 932
CPR Communications, Robert Larocca 0409 198 350