08 July 2008

Rowville clergy on board rail rustle-up

ROWVILLE church ministers have added their voices to the call on the State Government to provide the suburb with a rail line.
Six ministers signed an open letter to Minister for Public Transport Lynne Kosky to conduct the Government's promised feasibility study into extending the existing rail network to Rowville.
But the Government wanted to assess its SmartBus program before considering rail for Rowville, spokesman Michael Sinclair said.
Rowville Baptist Church senior pastor the Rev David Devine said the letter had arisen out of shared concerns for the people of Rowville.
"I think it's frustrating for all of us in the area. There's a growing need for it as the area continues to develop," Mr Devine said.
Due to lack of public transport and rises in the cost of living, particularly petrol, Rowville residents were now thinking twice about attending social gatherings and activities, he said.

A rail line to Rowville would provide an alternative for cash-strapped locals.
"Time used to be people's primary concern, but the use of petrol is now entering those conversations," Mr Devine said.
Mr Sinclair said pursuing a rail line to Rowville would cause further congestion when the Brumby Government was focused on reducing it.
Ferntree Gully state Liberal MP Nick Wakeling said he was heartened to see community leaders standing up to the Government's inaction.

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