The Eastern Transport Coalition (ETC) consists of Melbourne’s seven eastern metropolitan councils; City of Greater Dandenong, Knox City Council, Manningham City Council, Maroondah City Council, City of Monash, City of Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges Shire Council. The group has made it their mission to increase funding for, and accelerate the delivery of, significant public transport projects across the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
Deputy Mayor Councillor Stuart James, who is Monash Council’s representative on the Eastern Transport Coalition, said that the group are asking for the basics: transport that meets the needs of commuters and reduces their impact on the environment.
"Public transport is crucial to the growth and wellbeing of our communities. The ETC strives to give commuters in Melbourne’s east access to safe and convenient public transport modes with frequent and reliable services, something that we should have had access to a long time ago", Cr James said.
The group advocates for accessible and integrated transport to improve liveability and reduce car dependence for the over one million people living in eastern Melbourne.
The Chair of the ETC, Cr Peter Lockwood said the Commuters Count campaign brought together 50 individual transport projects that ETC member councils had identified as priorities for their communities.
“The ETC has recognised key themes that enable our seven councils to work together for the whole region,” Cr Lockwood said. “Connectivity, Liveability, Productivity and Efficiency as well as Sustainability are the underlying outcomes that these transport projects will help to deliver across our region.”
The coalition is now urging residents in the east to share their story on how congestion and a lack of services impact their lives. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and share your story or support the campaign through Facebook and Twitter @commuterscount