Monthly Archives: July 2017

Simon Overland announced as Whittlesea CEO

Whittlesea Leader 20 July 2017 Mark Smith and Anthony Galloway FORMER Victorian Police commissioner Simon Overland has been named as the new chief executive at Whittlesea Council. The appointment, announced today, will be the former top cop’s first foray into local government and is a five year contract. It is understood Mr Overland recently resigned as secretary of Tasmania’s justice … > More

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Campaigning for rail line to Epping North/Wollert

Whittlesea Leader, Northern Weekly etc 2008-2011 Local newspaper journalists, Aurora Estate residents This document is mainly about local residents, especially from the Aurora Estate and the Aurora Community Association (ACA), campaigning for a rail line extension to Epping North/Wollert. The campaigning goes back to 2008 and was especially busy in 2010/2011. Little has been achieved from this campaigning and it … > More

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Snarls drive bid to fix road

Whittlesea Leader 11 July 2017 Paul Shapiro VicRoads must urgently address increasing traffic congestion around Cooper St, says RACV   WIDENING Cooper St to three lanes should be a priority for VicRoads and the State Government, says Victoria’s peak motoring body. RACV Roads and Traffic manager David Jones said widening the Epping street, and improving bus services and cycling lanes, … > More

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Northern motorists facing worst commute

Northern Star Weekly 11 July 2017 Laura Michell Motorists travelling from Melbourne’s north-east have the worst commute in Melbourne, according to new research from the Grattan Institute. Transport program director Marion Terrill’s research found travel times from the north eastern suburbs to the city can take twice as long during the morning peak than it would in the middle of … > More

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Minutes for Transport Working Group meeting 6 July 2017

Transport Working Group Meeeting 8 July 2017 TWG members The working group meeting was well attended with about 25 people including Bronwyn Halfpenny MP from Thomastown and Lawrie Cox, Councillor, South West Ward. Priyam Shah (new ACA President) welcomed the attendees and gave a brief outline of the purpose of the meeting i.e. reactivating the ACA Transport Working Group. Tony … > More

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Bus Vs Train to Wollert

ACA Website 4 July 2017 Tony Francis A rapid transit bus service from Lalor to Wollert is not a justifiable alternative to rail. The previous Whittlesea Council website made a strong and detailed case for a rail line to Wollert (see reference1). This contrasts with a relatively brief presentation from the current Whittlesea Council website – see reference2. Unfortunately, that … > More

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Proposed Mernda Busway 2010

Northern Weekly 9 November 2010 Michael Quinn Councillors, mayor at odds over busway   WHITTLESEA councillors have rejected their mayor’s endorsement of the Mernda busway, which they say is a waste of taxpayers’ money. In a statement welcoming the $48.5 million project, mayor Mary Lalios described the bus­ way as a “positive precedent” for  infrastructure in growth areas. But councillors … > More

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Recent Council Position on Wollert Rail 2017

Whittlesea Council Website 2016 Whittlesea Council Heavy rail extension to Epping North and Wollert   It’s estimated that over 37,000 residents in the City of Whittlesea do not have adequate access to public transport. This figure is expected to increase as our population continues to grow rapidly. For our new residents to be able to access important services and jobs, … > More

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Previous Council Position on Wollert Rail 2014

Whittlesea Council Website 8 May 2014 Whittlesea Council Complete the heavy rail extension to Epping North and Wollert   We are asking the State Government to fund the extension of the train line from Lalor Station to Epping North and Wollert. There are compelling economic, social and amenity reasons why the Epping North rail line is needed immediately, aside from … > More

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