ABC Q and A Thursday 23-6-2022

 
Topic moved from Victoria by bevans on 24 Jun 2022 08:11
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Was an interesting show from Werribee.  Transport or lack of and also a lack of planning has really created chaos in Melbourne's West.

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  Tony M. Junior Train Controller

V/Line's recent approach of stopping Geelong trains at Wyndham Vale has provide me with plenty of opportunity to try and get around that side of town via bus and car and yes, the lack of any real planning around the development out there is obvious.

I used to live out there back when it was the very edge of Werribee (and Melbourne itself). It's interesting to see that the handful of country roads from my time are now pretty much the only roads there that go anywhere directly - all the infill has just been narrow winding roads designed to make getting anywhere by car a pain and by bus all but impossible.

The entire region was just handed over the developers with absolutely no planning beyond "pack in as many houses as you can and make sure hoons can't drag race down the streets", and now we're left with tens of thousands of people stuck in an area where it's half an hour's drive or more just to get to a highway that's an hour away from the CBD and you can't get a park at a train station after 6am.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
The key and most important point was as you say the land was handed over to developers without a plan totally. The same could be said for Clyde and the Cranbourne south area.
  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

V/Line's recent approach of stopping Geelong trains at Wyndham Vale has provide me with plenty of opportunity to try and get around that side of town via bus and car and yes, the lack of any real planning around the development out there is obvious.

I used to live out there back when it was the very edge of Werribee (and Melbourne itself). It's interesting to see that the handful of country roads from my time are now pretty much the only roads there that go anywhere directly - all the infill has just been narrow winding roads designed to make getting anywhere by car a pain and by bus all but impossible.

The entire region was just handed over the developers with absolutely no planning beyond "pack in as many houses as you can and make sure hoons can't drag race down the streets", and now we're left with tens of thousands of people stuck in an area where it's half an hour's drive or more just to get to a highway that's an hour away from the CBD and you can't get a park at a train station after 6am.
Tony M.
This is how government works these days; hand over all but strategic decisions to the private sector, who manage things to their best advantage; and it's compulsory to advise the minister when to turn up for the photo opportunities.

Don't try to blame local government for the mess; the criteria for refusing planning permission are quite restrictive.

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