The Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils is supportive of initiatives that assist residents from the Peri Urban region and regional Victoria to more equitably access Melbourne for employment and education purposes. We support initiatives that improve access to public transport and reduce congestion and travel times.
The residents of the Peri Urban region are already at a significant disadvantage in terms of the costs of commuting including higher vehicle ownership rates, fuel, road tolls and public transport pricing. We are concerned that Transport Network Pricing may further disadvantage the residents of our Shires and those further from Melbourne who are seeking employment and education.
We note that the Discussion Paper recognises the potential for social impacts for those on lower incomes. Due recognition must also be given for those who are disadvantaged by distance and geography.