COLAC train campaigner Brian Crook says next week’s Public Transport Victoria forum is a “rare opportunity” to tell the decision makers about the inadequate Warrnambool-to-Melbourne train service.
The Colac Otway Shire councillor, who has led an ongoing community campaign to improve train services on the “worst-serviced line in the state”, said Colac and district people must attend the PTV forum if they wanted changes.
“If we are serious about improvements to our train service we have to drive this,” Cr Crook said.
“It’s back to the people of Colac and district to let Public Transport Victoria know their needs and the shortcomings of our train service.
“I thank federal Labor candidate Libby Coker and MP Sarah Henderson for their support and it’s good it’s coming from both sides of politics because it shows the depth of feeling in the community.
“But while the forum Sarah is running today is important, people must understand the most important thing people can do is be at the PTV forum on Wednesday at the Colac library between 5pm and 7pm,” he said.
“We must let the officials know how we feel; for PTV to come out to Colac is a good and rare opportunity.”
Cr Crook said the forum focus would be Colac’s train services but people should also raise any issues with all forms of public transport including buses.
“All those people that drive to stations in Geelong and then catch trains to Melbourne; this is a chance to tell PTV your story, whether it’s timetabling, or just lack of trains,” he said.
“It’s a one-off opportunity and unless people turn out it will stay the same.”
Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney MP said the community workshop was “a critical part of developing a comprehensive plan for better public transport in Geelong and the Barwon South-West region and encouraged everyone interested to come along and have their say”.
“I encourage anyone with an interest in the long-term future of train and coach services in western Victoria to come along to one of the community workshops and have their say.”