Whittlesea Mayor, Cr Mary Lalios welcomed the announcement by the Greens that it would commence work on Mernda Rail within the life of the next parliament and extend the existing tramline from Bundoora to South Morang.
Daniel Sacchero is the first of the candidates standing for the seat of Yan Yean to provide a firm commitment to the Mernda Rail project and this has been welcomed by the community.
Cr Lalios said the Whittlesea community continued to strongly demonstrate to all candidates, whose job it is to represent them, that Mernda Rail played a critical role in putting an end to the accessibility nightmares that plague them every day.
"Our residents could not make it any more clearer," Cr Lalios said.
Cr Lalios said the level of community participation in sending emails, mailing postcards and spreading the Access Denied message confirmed that Mernda Rail would be an important election issue for the seat of Yan Yean.
When we speak to our community, many of them talk about the importance of extending the tram further up Plenty Road and connecting with Westfield. This service would enable many students to access both Bundoora RMIT and LaTrobe University and provide access to jobs, shopping and community facilities at Plenty Valley.
Cr Lalios encouraged all Yan Yean candidates to commit to building Mernda Rail and extending the tram line and cited the upcoming Metropolitan Transport Forum as an opportune time to make their announcement.
The transport forum will be held at the Mernda Community Activity Centre on Sunday, September 28 from 2pm to 4.30pm and all residents are invited to attend.
"I encourage residents to attend the forum and ask questions of the other local candidates as to when they will deliver a railway line to a community that is expected to house 51,000 people," Cr Lalios said.