Seven Councils in Melbourne’s east representing over 940,000 residents have commenced a long term campaign to improve transport choices.

ETC Chair, City of Knox Councillor Mick Van De Vreede said the aim is to advocate for a transport system which has better buses, more rail, effective coordination and better patronage.

The ETC comprises the cities of City of Greater Dandenong, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash, Whitehorse and the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

Cr Van De Vreede said “the ETC will be staging regular events to highlight deficiencies in the system and talking to candidates in the lead up to the State election.

“Some of our needs were answered by the recent transport statement and the State Government is to be congratulated for that.

“However we need further improvements if our residents are to get the access to transport that many other people in Melbourne currently have.

“People need to be able to access decent public transport to help them participate in their communities and keep the cost of living down.

“The ETC has chosen the 109 Tram terminus as the location for the launch as it symbolises the type of public transport facilities that we would like to see right across the east.”

“At Box Hill you can transfer between train, tram, bus and taxi’s. Having these services at the one location makes public transport easier to use.

“We have developed an agenda for how the transport system should look and what changes are needed.

Some items on our agenda are;

  • 7 day a week buses running 5am till11pm
  • More park and rides
  • Rail to Rowville & Doncaster

“The recent transport statement showed that there are considerable amounts of money available for major infrastructure projects – however you need to plan to achieve them, that’s why this is a long term campaign,” Councillor Mick Van De Vreede concluded.

For more information or comment:

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