The Victorian Government has announced the terms of reference for its Regional Network Development Plan, which is aimed to provide Victoria’s first ever short, medium and long-term strategy for better regional public transport.
Transport minister Jacinta Allan last week announced the make-up of the Regional Transport Advisory Group, which is tasked with driving consultation with local communities, and providing recommendations to government throughout the development of the plan:
- Jaclyn Symes, MP (co-Chair)
- Richard Elkington, Gippsland Regional Development Committee Chair (co-Chair)
- Jo Bourke, Executive Director, Wimmera Development Association
- Bruce Anson, CEO, Warrnambool City Council
- Janet Dore, CEO, Transport Accident Commission
- Trevor Budge, Manager of Strategy, City of Greater Bendigo
- Patience Harrington, Chief Executive, City of Wodonga
- David McKenzie, Chair, Committee for Greater Shepparton
- Judy Verlin AM, Chair, Committee for Ballarat
The plan is aimed to move Victoria away from ad hoc service improvements, towards a more coordinated regional public transport network where train and bus services work together to get people where they need to go quicker and safer.
“The Regional Network Development Plan will provide a long-term strategy for better train and bus services in regional Victoria, to get people home quicker and safer.”
The plan will consider infrastructure upgrades, network extensions and rolling stock, including next generation high capacity regional trains to cater for peak demand, Allan added.
“Now we have the Terms of Reference and the membership of the advisory group finalised, we can get out and speak to regional Victorians about what they want out of public transport in their area.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is listening to the community and investing in better public transport for passengers now and well into the future – that’s what this Plan is all about.”
Consultation will start on 23 June with stakeholder workshops in Gippsland and continue across regional Victoria in the coming months.