Mulder confirms Hallam station commuters will have to hold on indefinitely

The Baillieu Government’s Minister for Public Transport has confirmed that there will not be a toilet at Hallam station in the foreseeable future, State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said today.

Last year, the Baillieu Government cancelled the former Labor Government’s funded and planned upgrade of Hallam station, which included toilets, staff and greater disability access.

Ms Graley said that the Minister’s response to her request in Parliament for a toilet at Hallam station confirmed the community’s fears.

“The Baillieu Government has made it clear that only when Protective Service Officers are deployed to Hallam station will there be a toilet for commuters, which may never happen,” she said

“The Baillieu Government has only recruited 18 PSOs deployed to inner city stations,”

“With the current rate of recruitment, it will take nearly 60 years to fill all 940 PSO positions that the Baillieu Government promised before the 2010 election,”

“I don’t think the people can wait that long to go to the toilet.”

Ms Graley called on the Baillieu Government to immediately provide toilet facilities at Hallam station.

“We have seen reports in the local papers of pregnant women and senior citizens being stuck at Hallam station and needing to go to the toilet,” she said

“Not only is Mr Baillieu refusing to provide facilities at Hallam station, he has even cut existing plans for a premium station upgrade,”

“The Baillieu Government continues to neglect the outer suburbs.”