Tarneit Train Station Parking Crisis Protest at Parliament of Victoria
Christian Mc Karthy | On 25, Jun 2018
Hundreds of Tarneit residents are feeling pain of an emerging parking and commuting crisis going beyond control, while the Minister for Public Transport Hon Jacinta Allan continues to neglect the plight of the residents and provide any relief. Such issues usually do not affect Labor MPs of safe seats as most do not live in their electorates (sitting Tarneit MP lives near CBD and the 2018 Labor candidate has just recently arrived from interstate to run and does not live in the electorate)
A community group called My Tarneit Inc. organised the protest today at the steps of Parliament of Victoria to create awareness about repeated failures from the government to provide any solution. Dozens of other residents have approached all levels of government via letters, petitions, phone calls and emails and have repeatedly failed to get appropriate response from any level of government.
The protest identifies the significant shortage of over 2,000 car parks, inadequate bus services and poorly planned routes, appalling entry and exit points, overcrowded and congested trains not even built to metro safety standards.
To make things more painful, the Wyndham City Council continues to blame the state government, but still make huge revenue from parking fines totaling over $300,000 in last 3 years. Arnav Sati (spokesperson, My Tarneit Inc.) said “Residents are keen to know how the local council has used any part of the fines collected to solve the actual problem, rather than simply using it as an addition revenue stream”.Residents reaching the train station have an extremely difficult choice to make. Either go back home and organise a drop off or get a taxi. Or in fact park in a no-parking zone and at least get to work on time but take the risk of getting a $95 parking fine. The crisis exists when less than half of Tarneit is built. Imagine what will happen in the next 5 years, when another 15 – 20 thousand people will make Tarneit their home.
Tarneit train station is the second busiest v/line station after Southern Cross. As suburban commuters don’t park at Southern Cross, the Tarneit train station has highest demand for parking spaces and bus services in Victoria than any other station. The area also has second lowest median resident age in Victoria, giving it a larger pool of residents depending on public transport to commute to work.
Being a safe Labor seat, this area is just neglected and long forgotten. The state government continues to generate millions in revenue in form of land tax and GAIC (Growth Area Infrastructure Contribution) but avoids investing back in the safe seats, while funding major projects in marginal seats. This divisive politics needs to stop and people need to be treated same, irrespective of which suburb they live in and definitely should not be penalised for living in safe Labor seats.
Residents of Tarneit demand:
- Build multi-level park or significantly increase the capacity of the current car park.
- More bus routes with increased frequency to make access to public transport easier.
- Add additional carriages to the V/Line trains to ease over-crowding and increase commuter safety.
- Perform audit on commuter safety for V/Line trains put to service Tarneit Train Station.
- Increase pickup/drop-off spaces.
- Re-design entry and exit to the station.
- Fast-track the construction of Truganina and Tarneit West train stations.
- Fair share of Growth areas infrastructure contribution (GAIC) to be spent on Tarneit and its need.
The protest was attended by three known MLC’s from Western Metropolitan Region – Bernie Finn, Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins and Huong Truong.
Quotes attributable to Huong Truong MLC
“This Labor Government have not yet joined the dots on the unprecedented growth that our suburbs are experiencing.”
“If we refocus on moving people, not cars – we get far quicker, cheaper and healthier ways to get around.”
“It’s time the Daniel Andrews Labor Government stopped taking people in the West for granted.”
Quotes attributable to Dr Rachel Carling Jenkins MLC
“The problems with Tarneit Railway Station parking unfortunately reflects the problems we are experiencing in the West – population is growing but resources including infrastructure are not keeping pace.”
“It is time for the government to listen to the voices in the West. I thank the Tarneit residents for bringing their concerns to the steps of Parliament today.”