Berwick and Hallam railway station car parking

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for Public Transport and concerns parking at Berwick and Hallam railway stations. The action I seek is that the minister provide an update on the next steps in the construction of the much-needed new parking spaces at these busy stations. These are stations that often fill up very early, leaving many local commuters frustrated as they search for an elusive parking space.

I am regularly contacted by these commuters who have been battling to find parking spaces for years, as the previous failed Liberal government refused to do a single thing about the situation. In fact the last time parking was expanded at Berwick station was in 2009 under the Brumby Labor government. We provided more than 300 new parking spaces. Since then, we have seen the Liberals come to office, scrap the fully funded upgrade of Hallam station and do absolutely nothing about parking at our packed local stations.

These car parks were, and still are, bursting at the seams, yet for four long years nothing happened. We could not even get a toilet built at Hallam station. It has only been the Andrews Labor government that has been willing to get that done, and just a few weeks ago the Minister for Roads and Road Safety and I officially opened these much-needed facilities. They were long overdue, and the local community was finally able to breathe a sigh of relief and stop holding on.

The community was also thrilled by the announcement of $19 million in the recent state budget for more than 1500 extra parking spaces at railway stations across Victoria, including up to 110 new spaces at Berwick and up to 50 at Hallam. This is yet another example of the Andrews Labor government just getting on with it and delivering for our local community.

Our community continues to grow, and more people than ever are using and relying on public transport to get to work. They deserve to have access not only to a reliable and efficient public transport system but also to a parking space at their local station. I look forward to working with the minister to deliver these much-needed parking spaces for local commuters.