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Background

The Metropolitan Transport Forum (MTF) is an advocacy group comprising members from Melbourne metropolitan local government, associate members representing transport companies, and participants from the State Government and environment groups.

The MTF endeavours to promote effective, efficient and equitable transport in metropolitan Melbourne and improved transport choices by 

  • providing a forum for debate among members of the transport sector
  • encouraging information sharing among member local governments
  • representing local government viewpoint to decision makers
  • fostering and sponsoring research on occasion
  • seeking to influence transport policy and project implementation in the broader metropolitan interest
  • working with local government counterparts
  • enabling networking and collaboration between local and state government 
  • disseminating information on transport topics. 

The MTF holds a regular monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of the month which includes a presentation on a transport topic of interest and relevance to local governments.  Meetings are open to all, please contact mtf@mtf.org.au if interested to attend.

The year ahead

Firstly welcome to 2015 which promises to be an interesting and challenging year with a new state government and many transport issues exacerbated by a rapidly growing city. MTF is formulating an advocacy strategy and hopes to work closely with local government and transport counterparts in the broad metropolitan interest.

Presenters have been scheduled for the early part of the year, as follows

  • February 4th, Kerry Thompson, Chair Western Transport Alliance will present on transport issues and options in the west
  • March 4th, Mark Wild, CEO of Public Transport Victoria, will talk about PTV's work and plans
  •  April 1st,   Clement Michel, CEO Yarra Trams, is scheduled to present on coming initiatives for the tram network                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

The MTF has made two recent submissions and will be pursuing these topics in 2015

  • Priority Traffic Flow Network, submission made to VicRoads in late November and discussions ongoing
  • 'Reform of the Federation' White Paper advocating that the Federal Government recognise the value of public transport in Australian cities and include public transport with road in commonwealth funding 

Another emerging issue is the consultation difficulties arising from changes to the bus network in various municipalities, member councils have contributed concerns and discussions with Public Transport Victoria (PTV) are underway.

Executive Election

Announcing the results of the executive election held at the first meeting of the year, Wednesday 4th February

Office bearers

Chair:   Cr Tom Melican (City of Banyule)

Deputy Chair: Cr Martin Zakharov (City of Maribyrnong)

Treasurer: Cr. Jackie Fristacky (City of Yarra)

Secretary: Paul Hamilton (City of Casey)

General committee

Cr Glenn Goodfellow (City of Wyndham)

Cr Thomas Sounness (City of Glen Eira)

Cr Oliver Walsh (City of Darebin)

Clare Davey (City of Boroondara)

The MTF thanks retiring executive members of 2014 Cr Andrew Munroe(City of Whitehorse) and Cr Lenka Thompson (City of Moreland).  The MTF also welcomes those new to the MTF executive Cr Thomas Sounness (City of GlenEira), Cr Oliver Walsh (City of Darebin) and Clare Davey(City of Boroondara). and looks forward to working with them in 2015.


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