A reference group advocating for improved Goulburn Valley train services has met for the first time.JENNA BISHOP August 19, 2014 3:27am
The first meeting of a reference group designed to improve passenger rail services has been deemed a success.
The Shepparton Passenger Services Working Group had its first meeting on August 14 after Victorian Deputy Premier Peter Ryan established it in July.
Group chairwoman Jeanette Powell said the group had established additional services were needed and were working to determine when they should run.
‘‘It was a really positive meeting and very productive,’’ she said.
‘‘We had each of the community representatives give a presentation on current services and what they would like to see with enhanced services.’’
Mrs Powell said a number of different groups had done community surveys, which would form part of the group’s research.
‘‘The Department of Transport will also review the surveys to see what people are saying they would like for extended services,’’ she said.
Mrs Powell said the group would look at determining when extra services would be most beneficial, as diff-erent groups had identified different times of the day for preferred additional services.
She said the facilities available to passengers would also be reviewed, as many survey respondents had said the waiting room was too small, with little seating.
The group will next meet on August 28.
It will meet twice in September and twice in October before presenting its recommendations to Transport Minister Terry Mulder.
‘‘We want to present in October so we have room for any budgetary opportunities,’’ Mrs Powell said.
Street Rider Night Bus signs have been placed in Shepparton’s central business district to encourage people to use the service that has been cruising along for more than five years.
Police are currently at the scene of a double fatal collision involving two cars in at the Cahill Road, Gilmore Street and Woods Road intersection in Yarrawonga.
Tatura Community House held its annual High Tea fundraiser at the facility on Tuesday, with a full-house present to enjoy a sumptuous morning tea, good conversation and relaxing time together.
The Echuca construction team behind Junction Moama has taken out one of the top honours at a regional building awards ceremony.
Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society hosted an afternoon tea to recognise long-standing members Barrie and Flora Griffin and John and Margaret Harley.
About 7600 residents served by Goulburn Valley Water are affected by a boil-water advisory.
Scone Equine Hospital relaunches local veterinary practice.
A beauty pamper day has raised a whopping $18k to assist local lady Terri Bevan with her ongoing medical costs associated with her brain tumour
A planning scheme amendment to allow the expansion and redevelopment of the IGA supermarket at Heathcote has been approved by the Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne.
Cross-border rivals Cobram and Barooga football netball clubs will contest the 38th Cobram Courier Shield this weekend.
An exciting three-hole playoff saw Virginia Lange take a narrow win in the Deniliquin Ladies Golf Championship last Thursday.
The G-MW Murray gravity irrigation system has received 35 per cent and the Goulburn system 42 per cent of allocation from July 1.
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