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A STREET will be named after the South Morang and Mernda Rail Alliance, for its tireless work securing a rail extension to Mernda.
A main road to be built on the western side of the Mernda Train Station in the planned town centre will be named Alliance Drive in honour of the group, who teamed with Whittlesea Leader and the council for the Access Denied campaign.
Mayor Ricky Kirkham, who put up the motion for the street’s naming at a recent council meeting, said the group had worked tirelessly to help secure some the most significant public transport investment he had seen.
“We want to recognise the efforts of the people in our community who have worked hard and succeeded in achieving such significant outcomes,” he said.
Alliance spokesman Darren Peters said he was overwhelmed by the honour.
“It is recognition that our fight to win the South Morang and Mernda railway extensions deserves to be remembered in local history,” Mr Peters said.
“Not many gave us any chance of winning ... but we knew the Plenty Valley was about to become the fastest growth area in the nation and that we had to fight for the railway or else all of us would be sitting in endless congestion.”
The Alliance was born in 2005 when Friends of South Morang, Mernda and District Residents Association, Public Transport Users Association and the City of Whittlesea Ratepayers Association got together to secure train line to South Morang.
The Alliance then set their sights on the Mernda extension.
Both campaigns were supported by Whittlesea Leader.
“We are all proud that our group of volunteers stuck together for the last 12 years and turned our $500 fundraising fighting fund into two extensions and four stations worth $1.3 billion dollars,” Mr Peters said.
A plaque naming the members of the group and recognising their achievements will also be installed at the station.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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