Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (09:51): I am pleased to rise today to talk about the community engagement currently underway for the Suburban Rail Loop project.
An Engage Victoria survey and interactive map allow members of the public to have input into the project and submit ideas to help the authority plan designed enhancements to the precincts around Suburban Rail Loop stations.
I would encourage anyone living in stage 1 station areas to take the opportunity to submit their ideas to improve the areas where they live and work and play and to consider the services and spaces they would like to access.
I have also been encouraging constituents from the Manningham local council area to be involved in the community engagement and to take the opportunity to again push for the Doncaster station to be included in stage 1 of this project.
Manningham residents have waited over 128 years for the promised train link to the city. This rail loop finalises a promise of a rail link through Box Hill. That may be the closest that promise has come to being realised. Yet the first stage of this project stops just one station short.
Communities do and should have a say on planning and development of major projects as they evolve, and I encourage people to take every opportunity to push for better transport services.
The current SRL survey can be completed at – https://engage.vic.gov.au/suburban-rail-loop-stage-one
We previously asked the former Minister for Public Transport to put a SMARTbus on the route of the suburban rail loop to help students access education options in Monash, Box Hill and LaTrobe while we wait for the rail link. Join the petition below asking our new Minister, Ben Carroll, to action this.