UNITED FRONT: The Border Rail Action Group convenor Bill Traill wants mayors on both sides of the Border to come together and push for train change.A NEW plan indicates Sheppartonis the priority of the two North-East train lines says Bill Traill, who is hoping to inspire a united fight for services.
The Border Rail Action Group convenor said he wantedmayors on both sides of the Border topush for change, followingthe release of the Regional Network Development Plan.
Mr Traill believesShepparton Council’s work with its community, and other tiers of government, is partly to credit for its transport progress.
It was a year ago when the city’s mayor, Dennis Patterson, caught a train withmore than 100 pyjama-clad residentsto Melbourne, in asuccessfulcampaign for an extra train service.More recently, it hadseveral wins in the Victorian budget.
“Shepparton is higher on the list, which is a credit to thelocal government support they have had,” Mr Traill said.
“We would absolutely like to see the two councils come togetherwith the state government members, to present a united front to Transport Minister Jacinta Allan.”
Mr Traill met with Albury Council staff on Monday and said he wouldmeet with Wodonga on Wednesday.
“Our approach wasn’t as focused as it is now,” he said.
“It’s the beginning of a coming together.”
Albury mayor Henk van de Ven said both mayors raised the issue at the Regional Capitals Australia Conference held in Albury in April andwrote a joint letter to Victorian Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie.
“I honestly think there’s not much we could do,” he said.“We can support BRAG with their effort because they are on top of it.”
Wodonga mayor Anna Speedie said shehadmetwith Public Transport Victoria, V/Line, sitting state members and Ms Allan’sstaff alongsidechief executive Patience Harrington.
“We continue to hold ongoing discussions with neighbouring councils …as well as local representatives including BRAG,” she said.
“It is a priority of this council to ensure our people and the region have access to improved services.”
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