Public transport upgrades not enough for Nillumbik

Published on 02 August 2018


Mayor Peter Clarke said both parties needed to deliver more to achieve Council’s preferred outcomes.

“Neither Liberal nor Labor have provided a complete picture for our residents, but Labor’s announcement this week has more obvious gaps,” Cr Clarke said.

“The Labor party’s proposal fails to deliver any real benefits for Eltham and in particular it creates a missing link of rail duplication between Montmorency and Diamond Creek.

“There is still plenty of time for both parties to get their policies right. Council makes no apology for advocating for the best outcomes for the community. When I compare both policies I would give the Liberals plan 7.5 out of 10 and Labor’s plan 4.5 out of 10.”

In April, the Liberal party committed to duplicate the Hurstbridge line between Greensborough and Eltham. 

“The Liberal party’s proposal delivers benefits but needs to rebuild the Eltham Railway Station and create a better model interchange,” Cr Clarke said.

Labor this week committed to the duplication of three kilometres of track between Greensborough and Montmorency, and 1.5 kilometres of track between Diamond Creek and Wattle Glen.

“Labor does provide a minor upgrade between Diamond Creek and Wattle Glen which is welcome, but the duplication between Montmorency and Diamond Creek is a major deficiency and missing link in the transport network and no upgrade to the stations or model interchanges,” he said.

“Both parties could do better and Council will continue to advocate for the best outcomes for locals.”