Region deserves better rail services: Mayor

04 November 2014

AlburyCity will continue its advocacy for improved passenger transport services between Albury and Melbourne and will seek the support of regional neighbours.

Albury Mayor Kevin Mack this week committed to raising the issue at the 20 November Alliance of Councils and Shires of the Upper Murray (ACSUM) meeting. ACSUM encompasses the Councils of Albury, Wodonga, Corowa, Greater Hume, Indigo, Towong and Tumbarumba.

Improved rail services have been on the ACSUM agenda for a number of years. In 2013 invitations were extended to the Victorian Minister for Public Transport to meet with an ACSUM delegation without success. Representations were also made to the Victorian Transport Minister in 2011 and 2012 and the NSW Minister for Transport in 2012 seeking an early resolution to the ongoing delays to services.

Advocacy has also included multiple representations to local members who have taken on the issue on behalf of ACSUM.

Mayor Mack, who is also Chair of ACSUM, said he would ensure better rail services remained high on the ACSUM agenda.

"We are passionate advocates for better train services between Albury and Melbourne. It's our view that the State and Federal Government have failed to deliver the rail services our region needs and expects."

"As late as 2 September this year, after a presentation to ACSUM by Bill Traill, further correspondence was forwarded to our local politicians concerning rail services. For too long residents in our region have had to put up with inadequate train services and frequent delays. If the State and Federal Governments are serious about investing in regional Australia then this issue needs to be a priority."

"I look forward to raising this issue with my ACSUM colleagues and seeking their support for further representation to State and Federal members. Our voice is much louder when we work as a collective so it's important that all councils in the region lend their support to this important cause."