The Minister for Roads has responded to Rod’s question asking for a review of bus services across Phillip Island to allow residents and visitors the ability to move around the island.
The Minister has listed existing services but not addressed the limitations of these, which essentially service only the main route into Cowes on and off the island. Transport to sporting events at the Phillip Island Circuit will continue to be the responsibility of event organisers.
This is not the response we had hoped for, but we will continue to advocate for better transport services for Phillip Island.
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Rod’s question in Parliament – 5 March 2020:
Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (12:26): My question is for the Minister for Public Transport, represented here today by Minister Pulford. I recently had the pleasure of meeting with the Friends of Phillip Island to learn about the transport difficulties faced by residents and visitors to the island. The island is almost entirely dependent on cars.
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…
This weekend one of the world’s largest historic motor racing events, the Phillip Island Classic, will be held over three days, drawing more than 500 entries of classic vehicles from around the world. It is lucky they are bringing their cars, because that is the visitors’ only option. There are no regular bus services to take the visitors or locals to see the penguins, the koalas, the beaches, and to attend the racing events around the circuit. So I ask the minister: will she review the bus services on Phillip Island and provide better and more regular services across the island that include major attractions?
Ms PULFORD (Western Victoria—Minister for Roads, Minister for Road Safety and the TAC, Minister for Fishing and Boating) (12:26): I thank Mr Barton for his question and his interest in visitors to Phillip Island for major events having an opportunity to get around and see all of the wonders of that destination. I will seek a written response for Mr Barton from Minister Horne.
Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (12:27): Thank you, Minister. The Phillip Island circuit has almost back-to-back events over the year, with motorcycle grand prix, superbike and supercar events, as well as a busy tourism family holiday boom over the summer months. Will the minister consider increasing capacity and services over the peak and event periods to accommodate public transport on the island for visitors?
Ms PULFORD (Western Victoria—Minister for Roads, Minister for Road Safety and the TAC, Minister for Fishing and Boating) (12:27): Similarly I will seek a written response from Minister Horne for Mr Barton.