Poowong takes up fight for public transport
The Poowong community is again taking up its battle for improved public transport with the state government.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, this week took delivery of petitions with over 800 signatures from the Poowong community calling for public transport options between Poowong and Melbourne.
Mr O’Brien has been working with Poowong Hotel publican Fiona Cox on a campaign which was unsuccessful during the last term of parliament.
“Poowong is just off the South Gippsland Highway and has almost zero public transport options. I’ve been supporting the community’s fight to have some of the Melbourne services traveling the highway operate through Poowong to give locals a public transport option.
“Unfortunately, in the previous Parliament the then Public Transport Minister, Jacinta Allan couldn’t even get the facts straight - suggesting that Poowong already had public transport options which in fact consists of just one bus service to Warragul per week.
“I suggested that the government could trial diverting at least one of the current Melbourne-bound services from Yarram and Leongatha through Poowong and another on the return journey to gauge the level of demand.
“Fiona and the community have been assiduous in campaigning for these improvements and the number of signatures on the petition indicates the level of interest there is in town.”
Mr O’Brien said he would table the petitions in State Parliament next month.
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien receives petitions from Poowong Hotel publican Fiona Cox this week.