Media Release

Tuesday 6 June 2017

Commuters Count in Melbourne’s East

Better bus services, improvements to cycling and walking paths and extensions to tram and train lines are all on the agenda for Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

The Eastern Transport Coalition (ETC) has kicked off its Commuters Count campaign, aimed at getting the State and Federal governments to make much needed investments into the eastern regions’ transport network.

The ETC comprises the municipalities of Greater Dandenong, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges. The group advocates for accessible and integrated transport in the eastern region of Melbourne to improve liveability and reduce car dependence for over one million people living in eastern Melbourne.

The Chair of the ETC, Cr Peter Lockwood, said the Commuters Count campaign brought together fifty individual transport projects that ETC member councils had identified as priorities for their communities.

“The ETC has recognised key themes that enable our seven councils to work together for the whole region,” Cr Lockwood said. “Connectivity, Liveability, Productivity and Efficiency as well as Sustainability are the underlying outcomes that these transport projects will help to deliver across our region.”

There are pressing projects that need priority to improve transport options for commuters in the eastern region,” Cr Lockwood said.

“That’s why we’ll be taking our case to the State and Federal Government, with the support of our residents, community groups and neighbouring councils in the eastern region,” he said.

“We must act now to put sustainable and integrated transport services in Melbourne’s east on the State and Federal government agenda.”

For further information, contact:

James McGarvey – Communications Manager

Eastern Transport Coalition

Ph: 0416 000 135