The Property Council of Australia has reviewed the Melbourne University Research Report Travel to Work in Australian Capital Cities, 1976- 2006: An analysis of Census Date with both concern and caution.
Victorian Executive Director, Ms Jennifer Cunich said “The Property Council is concerned about the lack of workers using Melbourne’s public transport system, however, we view the report with caution and it fails to recognise the steps the Victorian Government has been making to remedy this problem.”
“The Government has recognised a need to vastly improve Melbourne’s public transport system and to focus on more sustainable modes of transportation including cycling and walking and it is now a matter of working with the Government as they implement these policy initiatives,” Ms Cunich said.
“Our research shows that since 1999 the Government has promised approximately $20b in transport infrastructure spending, said Ms Cunich.
The Property Council will continue to monitor the progress of the Government on key transport promises including the proposed extension of the principal bicycle network and metro trail network, boosting rail service capacity in the North and Eastern suburbs, enhancing safety and security on Melbourne’s transport system and improving services across the public transport network, said Ms Cunich.
“The Property Council recognises that more needs to be done to encourage people to use alternative modes of transport, primarily in the areas of reliability, cleanliness and safety, she continued.
This is a policy area the Property Council envisages to work on in 2008 with the State Government and key industry stakeholders to assist in resolving some of the issues highlighted in the report released today.” For further information please contact:
Rachel Saunders, 9664 4230 or 0408 544 788