Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport, and the action I seek is for the minister to put in place a long-term plan to transform our ageing, unreliable public transport network into a reliable, frequent, high-capacity system. I enjoyed debating with the minister at the Melbourne town hall the other day, so what I am about to say probably will not come as much of a surprise, but the reality is at this moment this government does not have a transport plan, and in fact we have not had a transport plan for many years. The absence of such a plan is why we are seeing these mega toll roads like the West Gate tunnel, which is only there for Transurban. We see these pop up and we have at times just piecemeal investment in other forms.Read more
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport, and as this is the last sitting week before this year's budget is handed down in May, the action I am seeking from the minister is to finally fund an upgrade to South Yarra station in this year's budget. After over a decade of rapid population growth in the area and inaction from successive governments, with barely a cent being spent on the station — under the previous government there was a proposal to expand the front foyer that was rejected, and the previous government cut South Yarra station from the Metro rail project, which again has been continued by this government — we are making some progress. I have over 1300 signatures on my petition to upgrade South Yarra station and almost 1000 submissions to a commuter survey which show that commuter priorities are an interchange with Melbourne Metro, a second entrance with a platform overpass, an expanded front entrance, that the heritage character be maintained and a safer pedestrian crossing at Yarra Street.Read more
QUESTION ON NOTICE — Mr Hibbins to ask the Minister for Public Transport —
With reference to awarding the contract for the construction of the Melbourne Metro tunnel and stations:
How have the Cross Yarra Partnership consortium demonstrated that their designs for the project do not preclude the provision of a future South Yarra station?
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My constituency question is to the Minister for Public Transport, and I ask: what is the latest information on the plan to upgrade South Yarra station? Earlier this year commuters were pleased to see that finally $2 million was allocated to start planning for an upgrade to South Yarra station. This is after years of neglect, 1300 signatures on my 'Upgrade South Yarra station' petition and hundreds of submissions to my commuters survey. Residents are now keen to know what progress has been made and when community consultation will occur.Read more
Greens MP for Prahran Sam Hibbins MP has welcomed $2 Million for planning an upgrade to South Yarra station.
Upgrading South Yarra station is one of Sam’s key priorities as the state member for Prahran.
The announcement comes after an extensive campaign Sam has run to Upgrade South Yarra station including a petition which has gathered over 1,300 signatures and an Upgrade South Yarra station survey which with over 900 respondents.
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (12 538) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport, and the action I seek is that the minister go to South Yarra railway station in the morning peak and witness the congestion firsthand. The minister will be able to see the crowded single entrance on Toorak Road; the congested footpath, with bikes chained to the railing; the dangerous pedestrian crossing at Yarra Street; the chaos on Toorak Road, with trams so crowded commuters cannot board and people spilling onto the road; and of course the overcrowded peak-hour trains. The minister will be able to go to Yarra Lane to see the land set aside for a northern entrance and platform overpass. While she is there I am happy to furnish her with documents that I obtained through FOI that expose the complete lack of investment in one of Melbourne's busiest stations for well over a decade, including a plan considered but abandoned by the previous government to expand the front foyer area.Read more
Greens MP for Prahran Sam Hibbins as slammed the state government’s decision not to fund an upgrade to South Yarra station in this year’s state budget.
South Yarra Station is the busiest non-CBD station and is struggling to serve over 13,000 commuters, after years of neglect by both Labor and Liberal state governments combined with rapid population growth in the area.Read more
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (12 307) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport, and the action I seek is for the minister to upgrade South Yarra station. I have had an overwhelming response to my recent community survey seeking views on what is needed in a station upgrade, with over 800 responses received so far. I am happy to report some of the results to the chamber. For the existing station the clear priority for commuters is a northern entrance with a platform overpass. The station currently has one overcrowded entrance. To reach the station, residents in the Forrest Hill growth area and Melbourne High School students need to traverse the congested footpath outside the station and a dangerous, busy, uncontrolled, unmarked crossing at Yarra Street.Read more
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — I rise to contribute to the grievance debate. I will be grieving today on behalf of the public transport commuters in Victoria who are suffering after decades of neglect and the failed policies of previous Liberal and Labor governments and who continue to suffer under this government due to inaction. The latest Public Transport Victoria figures that have been published just show what commuters know already — overcrowding on trains and trams is getting worse. It is getting worse, and there is no plan in place to fix it within this term of government.Read more
Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (8145) My constituency question is to the Minister for Public Transport. I ask when public consultation regarding an upgrade to South Yarra station will begin. I ask in response to a media report in the Age of 6 July, where the minister stated that improvements would be considered in consultation with locals. I also note the minister's previous correspondence with me, agreeing the station requires an upgrade and stating a willingness to work with both myself and Stonnington council on progressing an upgrade to the station.Read more