Greater Shepparton City Council has requested the formation of a reference group for the Shepparton to Melbourne train line.JOHN LEWIS February 3, 2014 4:23am
Shepparton RAILS chairman Michael Welk (right), pictured with Transport Minister Terry Mulder, has backed Greater Shepparton City Council's calls for a reference group for the Shepparton to Melbourne train line.
A request for the establishment of a community reference group for the Shepparton-Melbourne train line has been welcomed by the Shepparton RAILS lobby group.
City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Jenny Houlihan said Greater Shepparton City Council had written to Victorian Transport Minister Terry Mulder requesting a V/Line community group be established for the Shepparton-Melbourne train line.
Mr Mulder recently announced a customer reference group would be established for the north-east region, focusing on the Albury line.
Shepparton RAILS chairman Michael Welk said the council’s request was an encouraging move.
‘‘We look forward to a positive answer from the minister — that he supports a reference group for Shepparton,’’ Mr Welk said.
‘‘We would wish to be represented on the group.’’
Mr Welk said Shepparton’s three daily rail services to Melbourne were not enough.
‘‘Every Monday we have people travelling from Melbourne who can’t get here in time to start work,’’ he said.
‘‘We also have students travelling to Melbourne who find it very difficult.
‘‘We have doctors coming from Melbourne to supply services. They have to come by car and get caught up in Melbourne traffic — it’s not good enough.’’
Cr Houlihan said a reference group would be a useful forum for residents.
‘‘A reference group would be able to provide very valuable information, data and justification as to why rail services between Shepparton and Melbourne need to improve,’’ she said.
‘‘Our residents rely heavily on public transport services for work and social engagements as well as to attend medical appointments; university commitments and sporting events and I believe they would have a lot of constructive feedback and ideas to communicate.’’
A man in his 40s has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Shepparton late this afternoon. Police and emergency services are on scene.
The talent was truly amazing at this year’s Mulwala Water Ski Club’s Got Talent competition.
‘‘Time for reflection is rare in life and in business,’’ Tatura Milk Industries chairman Barry Irvin told suppliers when delivering his end-of-financial-year report.
St Joseph’s College principal Kate Fogarty will be Assumption College’s first female principal when she takes over the role next year.
Rochester athlete Morgan Dingwall won medals at an international athletics competitions last month.
If you thought it was cold yesterday morning, you weren’t wrong!
Brigade transforms station for Christmas in July.
Despite being scheduled to play at home this Saturday, Finley footballers and netballers will instead make the trip to Blighty.
Axedale student Zara Smith has created history, raising the single largest amount raised by a primary school student in the Jump Rope for Heart event’s 31-year history.
Mixed response from Cobram region politicians and businesses to the Commonwealth's removal of a price on carbon.
Ten Deniliquin athletes competed at the NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships last Friday.
Tackling salinity in the Goulburn-Broken basin was a key element of a presentation made to an international forum in the United States last month.
The Melbourne Scottish fiddlers return to Swanpool to raise money for local CFA brigades. Group officer Jim Ranken and fiddle player Kristin Marriott
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.