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VICTORIAN Nationals leader Peter Ryan says Wodonga residents traveling to Melbourne for the Commonwealth Games next year will be up to $100 out of pocket per trip because of the State Governments refusal not to extend a free public transport offer to country residents.
Mr Ryan said while Games ticket holders in Melbourne would be able to travel free to their chosen event on metropolitan public transport, the same travel offer had not been extended to V/Line passenger services.
He said rapidly rising fuel costs would put the Games out of reach for many country families.
“A family driving a Falcon from Mildura to Melbourne will pay $177 before they even buy a ticket and with fuel prices likely to increase before the Games, they will end up $200 out of pocket,” Mr Ryan said.
He has estimated the cost for a similar journey between Wodonga and Melbourne will cost a family $97.50, based on present fuel prices.
“The Government has refused to even consider the idea and wont tell us how much it will cost to have Melbournians traveling for nothing,” he said.
“The decision to provide free public transport in the metropolitan area discriminates against country people attending the Games.”
Mr Ryan said country people had every right to feel short-changed by the Government.
“Country people are paying their share of taxes and now they are also paying for a city-based public transport freebie which doesnt include them,” he said.
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