Public Transport in Spotlight During Ministerial Visit


State Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, today hosted Assistant Minister for Public Transport, Mr Steve Minnikin MP, in Pine Rivers.

Mr Holswich took Mr Minnikin to a number of public transport hot spots around the Pine Rivers electorate.

"I have written to the Assistant Minister as well as the Minister for Transport & Main Roads regarding quite a number of local public transport issues," Mr Holswich said. "However I also wanted to give the Assistant Minister a first-hand understanding of the challenges and opportunities for public transport in this electorate."

Mr Holswich highlighted railway station parking problems during the visit. One issue that he highlighted was the potential sale of a vacant block near Lawnton Station currently used for parking by rail commuters.

"This morning there were in excess of 70 cars parked on that land, which if sold, will cause increased inconvenience to commuters and local residents."

"I am committed to working with the Assistant Minister to find creative ways of minimizing parking problems around our railway stations."

Mr Holswich and Mr Minnikin also rode the Route 669 bus between Lawnton Railway Station and Strathpine Westfield.

"It was a good opportunity to talk with commuters about the importance of this route," Mr Holswich said.

"I'm fully aware of the uncertainty caused by the on-going trial nature of this route, and I will continue to fight to see this route become a permanent route."

"We face numerous challenges with our local public transport network and for many of these challenges there simply isn't an easy fix. However, I'm pleased that the Assistant Minister was able to visit Pine Rivers today and I will continue to work with him to build a stronger public transport network for Pine Rivers commuters."