Minister replies to issue
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