State has failed to deliver, Vic Auditors-General

 

News article: State has failed to deliver, Vic Auditors-General

[b]A scathing report on transport failures has been tabled in State Parliament by the Victorian Auditors-General Office (VAGO).

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
A scathing report on transport failures has been tabled in State Parliament by the Victorian Auditors-General Office (VAGO).

The report says, “over many years, the state has failed to deliver the transport infrastructure and services needed to support rapidly growing communities. This is adversely impacting accessibility, and risks the future liveability of metropolitan Melbourne.



“Urgent action is required to address this serious problem. Inadequate public transport and growing gaps in the road network in these communities are creating barriers to mobility, including access to critical services, education and employment opportunities.”
State has failed to deliver, Vic Auditors-General


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Wow this is worth a read. The Liberal Government in Victoria have treated the people of Victoria with such contempt.  They never had any real intentions of fixing the rail network.

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Brian

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  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
Thank-you for posting this, Brian.  It also got a lot of coverage on the news tonight, Nine ran it as one of their lead stories on the news (which was kind of surprising).

Unfortunately there's a huge division between the 'haves' of the inner suburbs and the car-driving hell that is living on the fringes.  The wealth that the inner suburbs has is magnified by the provision of services like fixed public transport that they simply don't have in locales like Werribee or Narre Warren - it's part of what makes the inner suburbs so attractive but it also entrenches the poverty of the fringe areas because people who live there must each own a car to get around.  And yeah you are right, Brian, it's obviously never going to change under the current administration - I'm really looking forward to the spin next year when they try and explain four years of sitting on their hands.

Then again I guess public transport is for povo's so why should they care.
  Peter Spyker Train Controller

Then again I guess public transport is for povo's so why should they care.
don_dunstan
The sad part is that there are low-paid people who actually think this way, too. Not long ago, I met someone who insists on driving into the city on a Friday night, because she believes that public transport is only for "poor people". Never mind the fact that she was so hard up for money that she was having to sneak alcohol into the pub, as she couldn't afford the prices at the bar.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Tragically it'll just be another AG report that gets dumped in the "Too Hard" basket.  Ahhh the tyranny of the 24 hour news cycle....

Meanwhile council rates will continue to sky-rocket, the Carparks at Wallan and Donnybrook stations will continue to overflow, and greedy developers will continue to promise much but nothing will be delivered....
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
It's all in the 'too hard' basket, even things like expanded outer urban bus services.  It's a shame Abbott is so anti-public transport, nothing will get done now till at least the end of the decade in my opinion.
  Groundrelay Chief Commissioner

Location: Surrounded by Trolls!
...It's a shame Abbott is so anti-public transport, nothing will get done now till at least the end of the decade in my opinion.
don_dunstan

Sorry the country can't afford it Shocked

Besides ALL the tax I'll pay over the next few years is going to allow him to pay someone who earns more than me to have a baby Evil or Very Mad

That extra tax on companies alone would fund an Inland Railway every 2 years (although not buy many votes) Rolling Eyes
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
Sorry the country can't afford it Shocked

Besides ALL the tax I'll pay over the next few years is going to allow him to pay someone who earns more than me to have a baby Evil or Very Mad

That extra tax on companies alone would fund an Inland Railway every 2 years (although not buy many votes) Rolling Eyes
Groundrelay

Yeah I just can't get over the stupidly extravagant generosity of that scheme, really bad policy in my opinion.  Apparently designed so that working couples can still afford to have kids while they maintain jumbo ($300,000+) mortgages; it's really mad that its considered normal to be swimming in that much debt.  Why not spend the billions on affordable housing for people with new-born children if you are that keen?

This country has become so backwards with our priorities... sadly it looks set to get worse.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Fortunately compared to many people I live in PT nirvana, however I planned it that way over 30 years ago. I guess having an office job in the City also assisted in having fantastic PT options. My car only gets used when I feel like going for a drive.

If I were a young family starting off I'd still be looking at moving to where I am here in Ballan OR the Wallan area. At least the PT is faster than from comparable places like Cranbourne or out east past Narre Warren, and one can still get a seat on the train most of the time and services and the capacity of those services is likely to increase going forward over the next 5 years.

In any event, living in a location with a fixed rail hub in close proximity, preferably walking distance is paramount to quality of life.

Mike.
  don_dunstan Dr Beeching

Location: Adelaide proud
Crime is now an issue in places like Bacchus Marsh and Wallan - friends of mine were looking at buying into one of those near-Melbourne towns a while ago and they got warned off by a copper who they know, apparently bored kids are a really big source of trouble.  But you are fundamentally right, they're relatively cheap and accessible to Melbourne and at least you can get most of the services they have in the city.  It's the reason why the Seymour train gets quite crowded now so I'm told.

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