The Eastern Transport Coalition is holding a major public transport summit on the 4th of July to discuss what changes we need to accommodate for the increase in public transport patronage in our area, now and in the future.

The summit will feature keynote speaker Professor Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University. Professor Newman is a renowned West Australian academic and planner who is credited with coining the term ‘automobile dependence’ — an expression describing the creation of cities reliant on cars.

The Summit will also hear from Professor Graham Currie, Monash University Chair of Public Transport and Peter Daly, Chief Engineer from the RACV.

ETC Chairperson Cr Mick Van De Vreede said that following the Eddington study it was clear that the State Government needed a transport plan for the rest of Melbourne and in particular the eastern suburbs.

“We intend to use the summit to put together the basic requirements of a transport plan for the eastern suburbs. We call on anyone who has an interest in improving public transport to attend the meeting or send us their ideas.

“It is clear that we need better public transport in Melbourne’s east — and we need it now! It’s the smart answer to help local families cope with the rapidly escalating petrol prices and climate change.

“If you can’t make it to the summit you can send us your ideas on

“Now is the right time to make your voice heard in the State Government’s future transport plans for Melbourne,” Cr Van De Vreede concluded.


Friday 4 July, 8:30am to 11am

Manningham City Council, Doncaster Road, Doncaster

For media inquiries please contact;
ETC Chairperson Cr Mick Van De Vreede        0438 029 932
CPR Communications, Robert Larocca            0409 198 350