PT reference group established
At the recent G21 Public Transport Reference Group meeting members appointed a steering group to work on developing a four year action plan that will identify the future development of public transport services in our region. The steering group will initially comprise David Hannah (COGG), Peter McLean (Surf Coast Shire), Lenny Jenner (Borough of Queenscliff), Paul Wescott (PTUA), Peter Hibbert (Building Bellarine Connections), Richard Sloane (DOT) and Bob Scott (VicRoads). The group will meet for the first time next week.
The steering group will identify strategies to tackle future challenges, conduct extensive consultation with key stakeholders; including discussions with other G21 Pillars, and look at the synergies that exist with other Geelong Region Priority Projects such as the Regional Land Use Plan.
The need for such an action plan is evident due to actual and projected population increases and an aging population. The issue is more than just transport specific; rather it is an access issue for our community and affects the objectives of other G21 pillars such as the G21 Education & Training Pillar, G21 Health and Wellbeing Pillar; and the G21 Sport and Recreation Pillar.
Previous G21 success in collaborative public transport planning
Over the last four years, G21 has worked closely with Department of Transport to implement the G21 Integrated Public Transport Action Plan, which was incorporated into the Victorian Transport Plan. G21 are not only appreciative of the support they have received from the Department of Transport but also recognise the benefits obtained by working together to proactively shape the future of the region. Keep an eye out for a future e-News that will discuss the outcomes and achievements of the G21 Integrated Public Transport Action Plan.
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