Leongatha not on Jacinta Allan's transport advisory group list of towns to visit

 

News article: Leongatha not on Jacinta Allan's transport advisory group list of towns to visit

The people of Leongatha must be wondering what they've done wrong not being included on Jacinta Allan's Transport Advisory Groups towns to visit.

  JoppaJunction Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
The people of Leongatha must be wondering what they've done wrong not being included on Jacinta Allan's Transport Advisory Groups towns to visit. After all, if the Advisory Group can make it to Wonthaggi the question must be asked and answered by Jacinta Allan, 'Why can't the Advisory Group meet and with the residents of Leongatha in Leongatha?'
Leongatha not on Jacinta Allan's transport advisory group list of towns to visit


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Leongatha do appear to have been left off the list.  Is the minister actually avoiding the area or is the PTV?

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  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Safe National's Seat, not on her map !
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Safe National's Seat, not on her map !
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: North Haverbrook; where the monorail is king!
Leongatha got a study 10 years ago which recommended to continue with the coach service instead of reviving the V/Line passenger service. The situation has changed little since then. Just because Leongatha lost its train service later than Wonthaggi did doesn't by itself justify its return. Leongatha is dairy country. Whilst there is tourist development and potential (gourmet tourism primarily), it's no way near as much as the adjacent Bass Coast region, which has Phillip Island and is also closer to Melbourne.

The better question to ask is: why Wonthaggi?

Wonthaggi is becoming the commercial and population centre of the Bass Coast shire. As an LGA, the Bass Coast is growing faster than the adjacent South Gippsland shire that Leongatha is part of - it was 2.1% for 2013-2014 vs 0% according to the ABS. Sea-changing retirees, tourism, cheap residential land and large infrastructure investment such as the Victorian Desalination Plant & potentially more wind farms are all driving this. It deserves the attention it is being given. It's also denser - 36.6 persons/km2 vs 8.5 for South Gippsland.

Minister's visit or not, the one thing I can guarantee is that V/Line won't run a passenger train to Leongatha again. Same thing for Wonthaggi. It's all coach country down there, and both areas deserve to have coach services that are done properly.

You want a train to Leongatha? Go and help the South Gippsland Railway keep its tourist & heritage train service going between Korumburra & Leongatha.
  ZH836301 Chief Commissioner

Location: BleakCity
The Rail Revival nutters need to realise it isn't a roadshow travelling to every tinpot town, and isn't about restoring disused lines.

The towns, five per region, at which consultations will be based are:

Warragul, Sale, Bairnesdale, Traralgon, and Wonthaggi
Portland, Warrnambool, Colac, Torquay and Geelong
Swan Hill, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Echuca and Mildura
Shepparton, Seymour, Benalla, Wangarratta and Wodonga
Ballarat, Maryborough, Ararat, Horsham and Hamilton


The better question to ask is: why Wonthaggi?
LancedDendrite

Simple - it's the largest town in the area, and central for travellers from Leongatha/Korumburra and Phillip Island.

But since the Rail Revival Alliance can only think in rail terms, Wonthaggi and Phillip Island are irrelevant to them.

This about sums up how much attention they should be given:

Of real concern, is the lack of any understanding of the  Geelong - Goldfields Passenger Rail link and the overwhelming calls by local communities  for the re-introduction of the Passenger Rail Service to Mildura. I would wonder about the Portland or Leongatha, Hamilton, Cobram, St Arnaud, Donald, Dunolly, Stawell,  Dimboola, Nhill, Murtoa, Warracknabeal, Robinvale, Manangatang communities demanding the return of the passenger rail, which were ruthlessly and insensitively cancelled by Jeff Kennett, twenty years ago.
Rail Revival Alliance

This is why the Rail Revival Alliance are considered irrelevant, and why their messages appear here, and not in newspapers.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
No mention of Yarrawonga...
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
No mention of Tittybong either.
  wobert Chief Commissioner

Location: Half way between Propodolla and Kinimakatka
I'm really disappointed for Yanac.  As it is we've got VLine Coaches basically all over the Wimmera, and it's serviced pretty well.
  JoppaJunction Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned


This is why the Rail Revival Alliance are considered irrelevant, and why their messages appear here, and not in newspapers.
ZH836301

The Rail Revival Alliance have been quoted many times in the mainstream press. Only this week their president was quoted in the Ballarat Courier.

One location I have not seen mentioned is north of Shepparton in Cobram or surrounds.

Is Horsham or Hamilton on the list?

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