City of Kingston Bus Services

Mr RICHARDSON (Mordialloc) — My adjournment matter tonight is for the Minister for Public Transport. The action I seek is for the minister to update my community on the bus service improvements that are occurring across the City of Kingston that have a direct benefit for my constituents in Mordialloc. The City of Kingston will grow by 20 per cent over the coming 10 years, and currently about one in nine people catches public transport. One of the key things we need to do to try to address some of that population growth is to encourage more people onto our transport system, but with recent Auditor-General findings stating that at least one in two buses does not link up with the train timetable, we have to try to do better to integrate our bus services with our train services. Importantly, some of those connections are for our secondary colleges, particularly Parkdale Secondary College, which has increasing student numbers; it has well over 1500 students now. I am keen to work with Public Transport Victoria, with the minister’s office and across the board to try to see how we can do better to improve those transport connections.

In conclusion, I ask the minister to update my community on some of the bus improvements that are occurring across the City of Kingston that are benefiting the Mordialloc electorate.