Forwarding an urgent email from Colleen Hartland. For those who are working in the City, I am thinking whether you could schedule your lunch break earlier to attend this very important rally.

The Altona-Seaholme communties are continuing their active efforts to see the proposed Altona Loop train cuts rejected, and instead are seeking public transport improvements.

Local residents have formed a group named ‘Altona Loop Action Group – don’t derail Altona‘. The Group have called a Rally outside the Minister’s office this week. As Sandra Wilson, an active resident with the Altona Loop Action Action Group, says “join in, be seen, be heard!”

WHEN: 11:45am (for 12 noon start) Wednesday 13th April.
WHERE: 121 Exhibition St, Melbourne.

The Minister has refused to speak to the community at the two public meetings, but has agreed to meet privately with representatives. Four residents from the Altona Loop Action Group will be meeting with the Minister from 11am – 12noon.

The Minister will be advised that residents have gathered outside if he wishes to speak to them directly. If he declines, the residents will report to the Rally at 12 noon on the outcome of the meeting with the Minister.

How to get there: approx 30 minutes journey on one train.
Depart: Westona Station at 11:00am, Altona at 11:02am, Seaholme at 10:04am
Arrive: Parliament Station 11:42am. Walk 200 metres down Bourke, turn left at Exhibition.

If you were to do this journey under the proposed new timetable your journey would look like this:

  1. Depart Altona Loop station.
  2. Arrive Newport.
  3. Wait 7 minutes.
  4. Depart Newport.
  5. Arrive North Melbourne station.
  6. Change from platform 1 to platform 5.
  7. Wait 9 minutes.
  8. Push, shove and cram onto a crowded train.
  9. Depart North Melbourne station.
  10. Arrive Parliament station, 48 minutes after you left your departure station – if all trains turn up on time.

The Altona Loop Action Group can be contacted via Sandra Wilson. Email [email protected] Phone: 0432 161 777.
The Group’s next meeting is 7:30pm, Tuesday 19th April at the Louis Joel Centre, 5 Sargood St, Altona.

Remember to post me your petitions! I tabled 1,730 signatures in Parliament last week – read my media release. Lets keep them coming!
You can find more information on the Altona Loop train cuts and the community campaign by clicking here.

Kind Regards
Colleen Hartland
[email protected]
Ph: 9689 6373