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METRO Trains told Monash Council it will consider paving the gravel Huntingdale Railway Station carpark, to help solve rubbish dumping and parking chaos.
Monash Mayor Geoff Lake said Metro had agreed to investigate payment options for the upgrade during meetings last month.
Illegal dumping has plagued the site for years, but the Waverley Leader’s [color=#999999]This is Rubbish campaign also revealed parking chaos at the station.[/color]
Stranded commuters told the Leader that paving the carpark was the best solution for both parking and illegal dumping.
Last week, Chisholm federal Labor MP Anna Burke also told parliament that paving the carpark was the only permanent solution for the site.
“It is a hazard, it is a disaster, it is a danger and something needs to be done,” Ms Burke said.
Ms Burke said paving the carpark would cost about $200,000, and that the State Government had to take responsibility.
The carpark is owned by VicRoads, is leased to VicTrack and sublet to Metro Trains.
“At the end of the day, they are three instruments of the Victorian Government and the State Government needs to commit paying for it,” she said.
Monash Student Association president Ben Knight also backed calls for the carpark to be paved.
“It’s really time that local and state governments and other parties pull up their socks and actually do something,” Mr Knight said.
ILLEGAL dumping has plagued the station for years.
PARKING at the unmarked site is also a nightmare, with hundreds of cars blocked in.
THE council met with Metro Trains, VicRoads and the EPA last month to discuss these issues.
METRO promised to remove all illegal rubbish within 24 hours of receiving a report. They also agreed to consider paving the carpark.
MONASH Mayor Geoff Lake said he was pleased with the progress so far.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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