Min­is­ter replies to is­sue

Euroa Gazette - - GAZETTE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

Ro­man Ko­zlovski, Euroa

I RE­CEIVED a let­ter from Alan Fedda, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Fran­chise Op­er­a­tor Man­age­ment, of the Pub­lic Trans­port Vic­to­ria on be­half of Jac­inta Al­lan, Min­is­ter for Trans­port on Novem­ber 1 about the V/ Line bus stop in Nagam­bie.

I tried to con­tact him by phone, but go­ing through the V/Line and PTV phone net­works was use­less.

In his let­ter he stated that “V/Line ad­vised that it worked with Strath­bo­gie Shire Coun­cil and was ad­vised that coun­cil un­der­took con­sul­ta­tion about the coach stop and a V/Line rep at­tended th­ese meet­ings. Com­mu­nity mem­bers on this small work­ing group sup­ported the coach stop re­lo­ca­tion at the Nagam­bie sta­tion, and raised no con­cerns. V/Line re­grets that I was not in­volved in this process. As many oth­ers were not.”

He went onto say “PTV will work with V/Line to mon­i­tor the coach ser­vice and con­sider op­tions to im­prove ser­vices for Nagam­bie res­i­dents, in­clud­ing up­grad­ing fa­cil­i­ties at the sta­tion. fu­ture ser­vice re­views may in­ves­ti­gate the pro­vi­sion of an ad­di­tional stop. V/Line will con­sider lo­cals feed­back on their on­go­ing re­view and plan­ning process.”

I feel it is time those con­cerned about the re­lo­ca­tion of this es­sen­tial stop, es­pe­cially for many older coach users, called a pub­lic meet­ing.

With the Strath­bo­gie shire coun­cil­lors, and mem­bers of the streetscape work­ing com­mit­tee, on an­gle park­ing, to talk about this is­sue.

To many who drive it is not a prob­lem, to those who don’t it is.

Walk­ing an ex­tra kilo­me­tre to the sta­tion and back.

I heard a lo­cal busi­ness woman say re­cently that they were not go­ing to do an­gle park­ing near the old bus stops now, just near the shop­ping area.

Let’s face those who made this de­ci­sion with­out con­sul­ta­tion to coach users, from the shire and work­ing com­mit­tee, and let them know our needs.

Let’s see if they lis­ten and re­spond to the needs of their lo­cals not just tourists.

Dianne Grant, Nagam­bie

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