The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has slammed the Andrews Labor Government’s response to ongoing lack of car parking at Hurstbridge Railway Station.
Ms Lovell has raised the matter in State Parliament directly with the Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan on two occasions and is dismayed with the Minister’s response each time.
Ms Lovell said she first raised the lack of car parking at Hurstbridge Railway Station with the Minister back in September, asking the State Government to fund the establishment of additional car parking spaces on PTV owned land adjacent to the Hurstbridge station. This land had been regularly used by commuters for parking but was shut by the department without warning.
“The Minister’s response on 21 November consisted of typical Labor Party spin and made no mention of the need for additional car parking at Hurstbridge Railway Station,” Ms Lovell said.
“Minister Allan’s response to my question was so inadequate I pressed the matter further on the following sitting week on 28 November.”
Ms Lovell said the Minister’s response to her second question was even worse, with the Minister advising rail commuters to use the South Morang line instead of Hurstbridge because it had more car parks.
“On two occasions Jacinta Allan has completely ignored my questions on a major issue for the rail commuters using the Hurstbridge Railway Station, instead playing politics in an attempt to shore up the position of the embattled Member for Yan Yean,” Ms Lovell said.
“Hurstbridge Railway Station needs more car parking spaces and rail commuters deserve better than to be ignored by the Andrews Labor Government.