Buses: Valley Lake estate
I call on the Minister for Public Transport to provide either a new bus service or an extension to the existing bus route 475 for the residents of the Valley Lake housing estate. Valley Lake is a new estate developed by government planning agency Places Victoria. The description on the Places Victoria website reads that its purpose is to ‘ promote housing affordability and diversity and best practice in urban and community design’. The Places Victoria advertisement for Valley Lake estate carries the slogan ‘Valley Lake – it’s where you want to be’. It then provides a list of the positive features of Valley Lake estate, including ‘good access to public transport’.
Furthermore, a bus service to Valley Lake was a recommendation that came out from the Brimbank-Hume-Melton-Mooney Valley bus service review.
In fact, Places Victoria held early planning discussions with the relevant department and Kastoria Bus Lines with respect to future provision of public transport to the estate. The estate has been designed to accommodate buses. Short of a new service, existing route 475 could be extended by 2.6 kilometres to service the estate at minimal additional cost. By the end of the year there is expected to be around 600 residents at Valley Lake estate, which is expected to increase to approximately 1500 over the next 12 months.
An article in the Age of 15 March headed ‘Sick suburbs’ opens with the line:
- Poorly planned new housing estates on Melbourne’s fringes are causing an outbreak of anxiety, diabetes and obesity among residents.
The article quotes Dr Margaret Beavis, a Melbourne GP who is doing a master’s degree in public health, as saying:
- Building car-dependent suburbs in the name of cheap housing is a false economy that will create massive health and economic liabilities …
I call on the Minister for Public Transport to provide a bus service to Valley Lake estate for the wellbeing of residents of the government’s own newly developed estate.