13/03/2012

Ms HARTLAND (Western Metropolitan) -- On Saturday I met with members of the Point Cook Action Group, who took me on a tour of Point Cook. They really love their suburb, especially the wetlands and the great mix of people who live there. I had arranged to meet with them because of the flood of emails I have received about the Point Cook precinct plan, which is a plan for some 2000 new dwellings, and the concerns that local residents have with the process. 

After speaking to residents and doing a tour around Point Cook with them, I can see exactly what their concerns are. The residents are at their wits' end in relation to commuting to work either by public transport or by car. In terms of public transport there are only the 413 and the 416 buses. 

No other public transport runs into or out of Point Cook. 

Believe it or not, these buses run on a 40-minute frequency, even in peak periods. I really did say that -- a 40-minute frequency in peak periods -- and that is just abysmal. Most people have to drive, whether they want to or not, but there is gridlock on Point Cook Road. It takes somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes to get out of Point Cook in the morning, either onto one of the main roads or to the railway station at Laverton or Hoppers Crossing. If you drive to the train station, you need to be there by 7.00 a.m. or you will not get a spot in the station car park. 

One of the issues that the residents raised is the fact that the Growth Areas Authority is using the 2006 census for its planning decisions. This is a classic example of what is wrong with this plan. These census figures are now obviously five years old, and the new census numbers will be available in June this year. I urge the minister to come to Point Cook, see the transport infrastructure for himself and talk to the residents. 

At the very least, I ask him to talk to the Growth Areas Authority about delaying the Point Cook precinct plan until the new census numbers are available. 

Hon. D. M. Davis -- This is the planning minister? 

Ms HARTLAND -- Yes, it is. The minister should be prepared with a plan of how the government might provide road and public transport infrastructure to the existing residents, let alone to the residents of the 2000 new dwellings.