The taxi industry is at the coal face when it comes to arrivals into Australia and the risks associated with close social contact during this Covid-19 crisis. This week Rod has written to the Premier and asked in Parliament for support for drivers who are ill or must self isolate. With no sick pay and no holiday pay these are the hard workers who are getting Victorian’s home safely and they and their families deserve our support.
Last week I asked the Minister for Public Transport to review bus services on Phillip Island to relieve residents and visitors total dependence on cars to navigate the islands attractions.
In February I asked Minister Jennings to support the Mullum Mullum Gathering Space in Ringwood, and we are pleased to hear they have secured a license to stay in their property until the end of the year and are in the process of developing a feasibility study to explore the options of staying in their current location or moving to new premises.
If we allow this consortium ownership of the airport rail link it will control every access point into Melbourne Airport – road, rail and air – and could set prices as it likes. Is this in the best interests of the travelling public? I’ve asked the Minister for Transport Infrastructure to keep ownership of this rail in public hands.
I am very pleased to extend my congratulations to Scotty James, a young Warrandyte snowboarder who has just completed an incredible feat of 10 consecutive wins at half-pipe snow boarding championships around the world.
This article from the Leader talks about the need for pedestrian crossings for students in Diamond Creek. It’s not just at Diamond Creek that more pedestrian crossings are needed – students and walkers all along the single rail line between Eltham and Diamond Creek are “dicing with death” and crossing illegally because of large gaps between road crossings and the walking tracks that follow the rail line through here.
I wish to say a special thanks to the Victorian State Emergency Service – these are the often unsung and unseen heroes who provide services for flood and storm emergencies and provide the largest road rescue network in Australia. Our communities have needed resilience during this dreadful fire season to remain, in Churchills words “undaunted by the odds and unwearied by constant challenge and mortal danger”.