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Yarra Council supports City of Stonnington in Metro Rail Project advocacy campaign
12 May 2016
Yarra City Council has provided ‘in-principle’ support to Stonnington City Council’s calls for South Yarra Station to be an interchange station in the State Government’s $10.9 billion Melbourne Metro Rail Project.
Yarra Mayor Cr Roberto Colanzi said “Yarra had long advocated for increased investment in public transport and fully supported the Melbourne Metro Rail Project.”
Mayor Colanzi said he and senior officers from Yarra Council would be happy to meet with Stonnington Council to discuss their advocacy campaign.
He also called on the Federal Government to restore the $3 billion in funding originally allocated in 2012/13 to the Melbourne Metro project, based on Infrastructure Australia’s assessment of the project as having high priority.
The Melbourne Metro Rail Project will be one of the largest public transport projects ever undertaken in Australia. It is set to be the first major investment in the CBD metropolitan rail infrastructure capacity since the City Loop was completed 30 years ago.
Yarra City Council’s full resolution from 3 May 2016:
- That Council:
(a) note the City of Stonnington’s Mayoral correspondence, advocacy position statement, and clarification documents concerning its campaign for the inclusion of South Yarra Station as an interchange station in the Melbourne Metro Rail Project;
(b) note that the City of Stonington identifies that the opportunities presented by ‘value capture’ have not been adequately considered in the (Government’s) Business Case;
(c) write to the Mayor of Stonnington:
(i) providing “in-principle” support for Stonnington’s campaign for the inclusion of South Yarra Station as an interchange station in the Melbourne Metro Rail Project;
(ii) noting support for ‘opportunities for ‘value capture’ on transport infrastructure and corridors’; and
(iii) advising of Yarra’s availability to meet with City of Stonnington representatives to further discuss their campaign; and
(d) urge the Federal Government to restore the $3 billion in funding originally allocated by the Commonwealth of Australia in 2012/13 to the Melbourne Metro project, based on Infrastructure Australia’s assessment of Melbourne Metro as a high priority project:
(i) with major benefits for the economy and Melbourne as a City; and
(ii) to balance infrastructure allocations to the State of Victoria.
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