Mr Wells (Rowville)
Members Statement – 21/8/18
This statement confirms the Liberal-Nationals next step in pushing for a rail line to Rowville. The Rowville rail land corridor will be protected by a Matthew Guy-led Liberal-Nationals government under planning provisions. At a packed Rowville rail forum held on Friday, 10 August, organised by Mick Van de Vreede, Darren Wallace and their team, Knox residents made it very clear they need more action on Rowville rail. New planning provisions will be the next step towards a rail line all the way to Rowville. A planning overlay on public land will prevent land in the rail corridor being used for anything other than public transport.
This announcement continues on from work on the $2 million Rowville rail feasibility study completed by the previous Liberal-Nationals government, which Labor have ignored despite persistent lobbying by me and the member for Ferntree Gully. With an injection of funding from the federal government of nearly half a billion dollars to start the project from Caulfield to Monash University, Clayton, now is the right time to move forward and have a commitment to the next stage of preserving land for Rowville rail. Labor is still committed to a ridiculous plan for a tramline, hoping that a drawn-out discussion about trams will distract from its own lack of progress on Rowville rail. Labor has not lifted a finger on Rowville rail during their time in government, and now the project is more crucial than ever. The Knox community is sick of waiting, and Rowville locals who want a rail line have been very vocal in their advocacy for one.