Snapshot Of Community Input On Better Public Transport

The Andrews Labor Government today released the Loddon-Mallee Conversation Summary, which provides a snapshot of the feedback received during recent Regional Network Development Plan (RNDP) workshops in Swan Hill, Mildura, Castlemaine, Echuca and Bendigo.

Nearly 200 people attended the workshops, providing their views on how public transport can and should be improved in Central and Northern Victoria.

The Conversation Summary provides an overview of the 1,700 individual comments received during the consultations sessions, as well as key themes highlighted through the online channels.

There was a strong support for improving train frequency, capacity and journey times, as well as extending the coverage and operating hours of local bus services.

Better integration of transport modes and ticketing was also discussed, along with cross-border issues and long term transport and land use planning to cater for growing demand into the future.

More than 1,000 people participated in RNDP workshops across the state, making it one of the biggest public consultations ever to be undertaken in regional Victoria.

Feedback received through the workshops and online, will be central to the development of the RNDP. The Loddon Mallee Conversation Summary is available at Hard copies are available on request by calling 1800 800 007.


Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport and Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“I would like to thank the nearly 200 locals who took part in workshops across the Loddon Mallee region, contributing their ideas for better public transport.”

“The strong response from the community shows how passionate people in Bendigo and Northern Victoria are about better train, coach and bus services – something the Andrews Labor Government is passionate about too.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“People in Castlemaine and Bendigo are passionate about public transport. The Regional Network Development Plan will be better for their input and ideas.”

Quotes attributable to Regional Transport Advisory Group Co-Chair and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“The extensive feedback received through the Regional Network Development Plan will play a central role in developing Victoria’s first ever long term strategy for better regional public transport.”

Quotes attributable to Regional Transport Advisory Group member and City of Greater Bendigo Strategy Manager Trevor Budge

“Investment in public transport is key to pushing growth in regional Victoria so we’re looking forward to hearing the outcomes of the consultation and what it means for the future.”

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