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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

BENDIGO METRO TASKFORCE MEETS FOR THE FIRST TIME

The Community Consultative Taskforce for the Bendigo Metro Rail project will meet for the first time today.

Speaking ahead of the first meeting, Minister for Public Transport and Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan, and Taskforce Chair and Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards, discussed the scope and expected outcomes of the project.

With over 100,000 people already living in the City of Greater Bendigo and the population expected to double in the next 25 years, Bendigo needs a better public transport system.

Bendigo Metro Rail will deliver a dedicated commuter train service for Bendigo, with regular services running from Epsom, Eaglehawk and Kangaroo Flat to Bendigo.

The project aims to reduce local traffic and get people to commute to work and school by train.

The Community Consultative Taskforce will engage with the community and provide recommendations to government on timetables, coordination with buses, infrastructure requirements and marketing.

A broad range of community interests make up the taskforce, including representatives from Bendigo Bank, Bendigo Health, Council on the Ageing, Latrobe University, Bendigo Sustainability Group, Bendigo TAFE, Girton College and representatives from the business sector.

The project’s Technical Working Group, which also attended today’s meeting, is made up of experts from the City of Greater Bendigo, Public Transport Victoria, V/Line, local transport operators and the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

The taskforce will provide its recommendations to government by 30 June 2015.

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

“This is the first step in making a dedicated rail service for Bendigo a reality.”

“Bendigo needs a public transport system that reflects and supports our growing community, and the Taskforce will make sure this happens.”

Quotes attributable to the Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards:

“It is vital that the Bendigo community – the users of the public transport network – are part of planning this vital project.”

 “This project will make a real difference for Bendigo and I’m excited to start work on this today.”

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