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MEM­BER for Mur­ray Plains Peter Walsh has called on the Vic­to­rian Trans­port Min­is­ter Jac­inta Al­lan to ex­pe­dite work on the Rochester Rail­way Sta­tion to es­tab­lish the Rochester Sports Mu­seum.

John Forbes, an avid collector of sports mem­o­ra­bilia through a very long ca­reer with Puma, agreed to hand his valu­able col­lec­tion over to the Rochester Lions Club for dis­play in Rochester last year.

The Rochester Sports Mu­seum com­mit­tee was formed and the Rochester Rail­way Sta­tion was iden­ti­fied as a per­fect build­ing to house the mu­seum.

Mr Walsh said VicTrack Prop­erty Group ad­vised the com­mit­tee in March they would agree to lease the Rochester Rail­way Sta­tion for the mu­seum.

“That was great news for Rochester but was fol­lowed by dis­ap­point­ment in May when VicTrack ad­vised the sta­tion was not in a leasable state and needed re­pair work,’’ he said.

“The re­pair work was sched­uled to be­gin in June but VicTrack has failed to re­spond to the com­mit­tee’s request for updates.

“The com­mit­tee is con­cerned there is a risk the lease will fall through and they will be left with­out premises for the mu­seum.”

Mr Walsh urged the Min­is­ter to en­able the Rochester Sports Mu­seum to have a home, so John Forbes can finally see his col­lec­tion of sports mem­o­ra­bilia dis­played for ev­ery­one to en­joy.

“The com­mit­tee is hope­ful the Min­is­ter will pro­vide the funds for the upgrade and de­liver ac­cess to the sta­tion in this cal­en­dar year,’’ he said.

“All it needs now is the will of the Min­is­ter for Pub­lic Trans­port Jac­inta Allen to get the project over the line.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Ses­sional Or­ders of the Vic­to­rian Par­lia­ment, the Min­is­ter has 30 days to re­spond in writ­ing to Mr Walsh.

MOVE IT MIN­IS­TER — Peter Walsh wants Jac­inta Al­lan to fast track the sports mu­seum at the rail­way sta­tion.

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