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The Public Transport Users Association is worried angry Ballarat commuters will derail the Victorian Government's consultation forums across the region.
Public Transport Victoria (PTV) will hold a number of consultation workshops across the Grampians this week, beginning in Ballarat.
The results will be used to form Victoria's Regional Network Development Plan.
However, the association's Paul Westcott said tonight's forum might not make any progress because of local anger at Regional Rail Link changes.
"These forums are not just designed for people to have a beef, they are asking people to take a broader view but of course the danger is, because of the particular problems in Ballarat, on Ballarat trains in particular, that's what will happen," he said.
"But inevitably it's going to be held under the shadow of the problems with the Regional Rail Link, so it will be difficult I think to keep it focused on the broader issues that PTV want to concentrate on."
Southern Grampians Shire airs forums doubt
Meanwhile, Southern Grampians Shire Council Mayor Peter Dark is not confident the forums will make a difference.
"I think we've had these sort of inquiries before, hopefully this one will be different, but it's up to us to make sure we follow up and that we do get some feedback and action when the recommendation comes forward," he said.
"The first thing is to make sure that all of the operators of the public transport system have their say.
"They're the ones who operate it, they're the ones who know the shortcomings and they would have the most efficient ways of being able to correct some of the deficiencies that we have.
"I think that if that happens then we can make sure that that goes forward, that's the main thing."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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