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The Victorian Coalition Government is set to establish a Shepparton Passenger Services Working Group.
Deputy Premier Peter Ryan joined Member for Shepparton Jeanette Powell, The Nationals candidate for Shepparton Greg Barr and the Member for Northern Victoria Region Wendy Lovell to announce the creation of the working group.
Mr Ryan said Jeanette Powell would chair the working group and the Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder would provide specialists from Public Transport Victoria, V/Line and the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure to assist her in that role.
Mr Ryan said the working group would also include representatives from the Greater Shepparton City Council, the Committee for Shepparton, as well as community representatives, particularly those who are regular V/Line passengers.
“This is a major step forward for Shepparton and an opportunity for the community to work together as one and present a united view to government about what public transport services they want,” Mr Ryan said.
Mr Barr said the establishment of the working group was an important first step and he encouraged the entire community to get involved.
“I‘ve had many people in the Shepparton community express to me their desire to see more public transport options available to them,” Mr Barr said.
“As a community we need a strong public transport network to ensure that those who cannot or do not wish to drive are provided with appropriate options so they too can access Melbourne for work, study, appointments, shopping or to watch the footy.
“I will continue to advocate for our community to ensure Shepparton’s voice is heard.”
Mrs Powell said she was honoured to chair the working group, which would undertake the following tasks: consult with the community and special interests groups about service levels, timetabling and the public transport needs of the Shepparton community; gain a broader understanding of the transport network and demand levels; and consider all potential options, including additional train and bus services.
“We understand that the Shepparton community wants more convenient and reliable public transport services, however there are differing views about how this can best be achieved,” Mrs Powell said.
“I am proud to be part of a Coalition Government team that is taking the lead on this issue.”
Ms Lovell said the full terms of reference for the working group, as well as its membership, would be finalised shortly.
“It is expected the working group will look at all options over the coming three months, before reporting back to the Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder,” Ms Lovell said.
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