a new train of thought The Manningham and Whitehorse councils have called for increased public transport funding, in response to a national report that found trains are “the only viable solution” to manage growing numbers travelling to the CBD for work. The State of Australian Cities 2012 report, by the federal Department of Transport and Infrastructure, said Melbourne’s employment shift from manufacturing to white-collar services had resulted in an increase in CBD jobs. “Since space becomes a critical constraint in CBDs and other dense centres, mass transit systems become the only viable solution,” the report said. In 2011, 74.7 per cent of people in metropolitan Melbourne travelled to work by car and 15.6 .per cent used public transport. Manningham councillor Paul McLeish said the report strengthens the case for a Doncaster rail line. “When you consider Melbourne’s population is predicted to be 6.5 million in 30 years, the only solution we have to face the commuting challenges is rail,” he said. “The Doncaster Hill precinct has high-density housing and will be another
feeder of predominantly young people with limited motor vehicle capacity who need to be provided with public transport.” The department report comes on the back of a Curtain University study released two weeks ago, which argued that a train line from Doncaster to the city, via Balwyn North and Kew, was the best of the three options put forward by the Doncaster Rail Study. The state government is yet to announce which of the three study options it will support, or if it will commit to building a rail line to Doncaster at all. Whitehorse mayor Andrew Munroe said the Box Hill Transport Interchange, used by an estimated 25,000 people a week, was in ‘‘desperate need’’ of an upgrade. ‘‘If the transport interchange is left much longer, the cost to upgrade it to an appropriate level will become exorbitant,’’ Cr Munroe said. ‘‘Whitehorse council has been working closely with various state government departments for approximately 10 years and, while work has been done and concepts have been developed, MPs in both the state and federal government have been reluctant to commit to investing.’’ \ KRISTIAN SILVA email@example.com
grant’s ses award
In 25 years volunteering with the Doncaster SES, Grant Whiteside has fixed countless storm-damaged roof tiles and removed a forest worth of fallen trees from front yards. But the job has also had its exciting, challenging and emotional moments. Like the time he and two fellow SES members saved a man’s life when they pulled him out of a submerged car in Lower Templestowe during a 2003 storm. And when he helped co-ordinate the SES response to Black Saturday. Currently the Doncaster unit’s maintenance and logistics officer, Whiteside was recently recognised at the Victoria SES national awards for his quarter century of service, alongside 27 others who notched up milestones. He says the SES has changed dramatically since he joined in the 1980s. “It was a bit of a dad’s army outfit and now it’s very professionally run,” he says. Another big change has been the demographic shift among SES members. Now 46, Whiteside said he “lived and breathed” SES when he was in his 20s. “Now we have a lot more family-oriented people, they tend to be a bit older,’’ he says. ‘‘I’ve always had this over-riding concern for people ... If you have the ability to help someone who can’t help themselves, then you should.’’ \
Templestowe Village Traders
wish all our valued customers
This is a wonderful time of year. A time for family, friends, reunions, holidays and travel.
We have beautiful, classy and unique fashion stores (ladies It should be a time to relax and ‘smell the roses’ but we know & childrens wear) where service and friendly advice is their there are many stressed people out there - if you are not now, reputation. then next week - when you realise there are only 3 weeks to go until Christmas - you could be.
Gifts - Big and Small
Here at Templestowe Village Shopping Centre, we want you to enjoy the festive season and we believe that we can assist you with that.
Health, Hair & Beauty
From a quirky flower box to a flat screen television set, our stores are diversified and all have gift ideas for that difficult present choice.
Fine Food and Dining
Last, but never least, we have our gourmet foods, We have fitness trainers who can help you relax. We have supermarkets and the BEST dining in Manningham. There spas and body therapy centres, hair, nail and tanning is no better way to relax than by enjoying breakfast, lunch specialists to pamper you or why not spoil someone else with or dinner at one of our fabulous cafes and restaurants. a Gift Voucher. Use our web site for a full directory of all businesses and don’t forget to register for our VIP card to receive great discounts.
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