NAPTHINE FAILS TO DELIVER SERVICES FOR HALLAM COMMUTERS

The Napthine Government has again failed to take seriously the needs of
commuters in Hallam, State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley said
today.

Ms Graley said that the Napthine/Baillieu Government has reversed the
previous Labor Government’s commitment to upgrade Hallam Railway Station and continue to refuse to build public toilet facilities for Hallam commuters.

In the 2010 State Budget, the former Labor Government allocated funding for 20 premium station upgrades, including Hallam.

This upgrade included staffing from first train to last train each day, better ticketing facilities, improved disability access and toilets.

The Napthine/Baillieu Government decided that the upgrade was not needed because there will eventually be two Protective Services Officers at Hallam station after dark. Toilet facilities will be built at Hallam station when the PSOs eventually arrive, however these
will not be open to the public.

“The Napthine Government will build toilets for PSOs, but not for the travelling public.”

“If the Premier doesn’t build a dunny, locals will start calling him, Premier ‘No Dunny Denis’ Napthine.”

“If we are going to spend considerable money on building toilets for PSOs at Hallam Station, why doesn’t the public deserve to get their own built, or at least, use the PSOs toilets when they are at the station?”

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews said, “In the recent Napthine Budget there
was money for upgrades and maintenance work on the Frankston line, but the busy
Hallam Station gets nothing.”

“The Napthine Government has already failed to provide much needed investment
in schools, roads and hospitals for the fast growing outer suburbs,”

“This is again another example where Mr Napthine and the Coalition just don’t
get it. The people of Hallam have been deserted by the Napthine Government.”