Victoria Shadow Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder
MYKI Trailer Receives $42,000 Refit For Costly Moves
Victor P Taffa
Freedom of Information (FOI) documents released by the Transport Ticketing Authority to the Victorian Coaltion show that Minister for Public Transport Martin Pakula’s TTA spent $42,381 on the fully depreciated $721,000 MYKI Discovery Trailer’ and thousands of dollars on hiring truck drivers to move it around, according to Shadow Minister for Public Transport, Terry Mulder.
Mr. Mulder said that the $39,626 September 2009 invoice for the myki trailer included moving three ‘fare payment devices’ (validators) and three lights forward, fitting cabinets, resheeting a bottom section and replacing and fitting a new electric wheelchair lift with a further $2,775 spent in October 2009 on providing additional network cables.
“The TTA’s accounts for 2008/09 showed the MYKI Discovery Trailer as having cost $721,000 but having been fully depreciated to a nil value by 30 June 2009.”
Mr. Mulder said that Minister Pakula’s TTA was constantly hiring truck drivers to move the Discovery Trailer around Melbourne.
“On 17 October 2009, the TTA hired Truck Moves Australia to drive the MYKI Truck and Trailer from its warehouse home in Killara Street, Campbellfield to the City of Whitehorse Civic Centre in Nunawading and back the next day at a total cost of $640.”
“On 21 October 2009, the Discovery Trailer needed another driver from Campbellfield to Yarra Trams’ Kew tram depot at a cost of $240. It cost another $240 later that day to drive the contraption back to Campbellfield.”
“On 22 October, Truck Moves again provided a driver for a round trip from Campbellfield to Southbank Tram Depot and back for another $480, while on 23 October it did a round trip from Campbellfield to Kew Tram Depot, costing another $480. Further round trips were made at a cost of $360 each from Campbellfield to Brunswick, Essendon, East Preston, Glenhuntly and Malvern Tram Depots between 26 and 30 October 2010.”
“Although hiring these truck drivers cost $3,240 for the eight round trips to tram depots, more than seven months later myki has yet to be officially switched on in a single Melbourne tram.”
“Premier John Brumby and Minister Pakula are not willing to protect train travellers with Protective Services Officers at every Metropolitan Railway Station nightly after 6 pm under the Victorian Coalition’s Policy, but Labor is willing to waste megabucks on MYKI, the most expensive, useless plastic card that has ever been introduced to Victoria.” Mr. Mulder said.