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Victoria Shadow Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder

Bureaucrats Confirm Brumby Leaves Many Towns Out Of MYKI

Victor P Taffa

Public servants appearing before a Parliamentary committee has confirmed today that Premier John Brumby and Minister for Public Transport Martin Pakula are leaving numerous large Victorian cities and towns out of the troubled myki public transport smartcard’s coverage while still expecting all Victorians to pay for myki’s $1.35 Billion cost. Shadow Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder, said today.

Mr. Mulder said John Brumby had failed to include the city or town bus route networks of:

  • Albury-Wodonga,
  • Ararat,
  • Bairnsdale,
  • Ballan,
  • Benalla,
  • Castlemaine,
  • Cobram,
  • Colac,
  • Echuca-Moama,
  • Hamilton,
  • Horsham,
  • Kyneton,
  • Lakes Entrance,
  • Maryborough,
  • Mildura,
  • Sale,
  • Shepparton-Mooroopna,
  • Stawell,
  • Swan Hill,
  • Warrnambool,
  • Wonthaggi,
  • Yarrawonga among others from myki.

“Some of these bus networks are substantial. Under Labor, passengers will still need a separate paper ticket on a local town bus in these centres and then another ticket, or, in time, myki to travel on V/Line trains or coaches that might also serve the city or town.”

Mr. Mulder said that every Victorian had to pay for myki’s disastrous minimum $352 Million budget blowout and its failure to be delivered statewide by March 2007 as originally promised by the former Premier on 12 July 2005 when Labor’s contract with the Kamco consortium was signed.

“Residents of country Victoria whose cities and towns have not been included in myki are still being asked to pay for myki’s huge cost.”

“Some towns such as Kilmore, Seymour and Wallan will or have been included yet much larger cities such as Warrnambool and Wodonga will not be part of myki.”

“This raises questions as to how John Brumby decided which town route bus services in country Victoria would receive myki and which ones would not.”

Mr. Mulder said that John Brumby’s rollout of myki had been a disaster with this project now more than three years late and no date yet firmly set for myki’s introduction onto V/Line country trains and coaches.

“John Brumby leaves the explanation as to why many of Victoria’s largest regional cities will not have myki on their town route buses to embarrassed bureaucrats, because just like out at Footscray where people are about to lose their homes due to a rail project, he is reluctant to be upfront with Victorians.” Mr. Mulder said.

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