Well I guess it gives the shire people something to do during the pandemic. They can then take it to the people who should be interested but probably won't be if recent history is any guide.
Isn't that really the problem? The people (the taxpayers) want transport the way they see it benefiting their communities and then government does not listen. It is quite bizzare and out of cadence with other jurisdictions. The same could also be said for the Ballarat and Geelong wanting rail passenger services between the two cities and Jacinta would not have a bar of it.
The "problem really" is that the "shire people" (Hobbits?) keep coming up with these proposals and surveys but they don't foot the bill for V/Line. The state government does. It is really easy to come up with survey after survey showing how many people would jump on board XYZ transport proposal and it's not even that expensive to pay for a study or 2, even better when you are employing locals to do it so that it keeps the $$$ in your community.
But it is much harder to come up with the $$$ to actually implement the projects.
It's a bit like Covid-19, state governments make decisions to close everything down and the the Feds have to foot the bill for Job Keeper etc.
V/Line like Covid is very heavily subsidised, $21 > $22 per pax journey for V/Line last time I checked. Adding more poorly patronised services will lead to a blow out in those figures.