Warrnambool City Council CEO, Bruce Anson, will represent South West Victoria on the Regional Transport Advisory Group, which will drive consultation with local communities and provide recommendations to the Andrews Labor Government during the development of Victoria’s first Regional Network Development Plan.
Mr Anson brings decades of senior management experience to the Group, having held senior roles in local government for more than three decades.
He is currently Chairman of the Barwon South West Regional Development Australia
Committee and a member of Regional Management Forum Barwon South West.
As announced last month, the Group with be co-Chaired by Northern Victorian MP, Jaclyn Symes and Gippsland Regional Development Committee Chair, Richard Elkington.
Joining the co-chairs and Mr Anson on the Regional Transport Advisory Group are:
- Jo Bourke, Executive Director, Wimmera Development Association
- Janet Dore, CEO, Transport Accident Commission
- Trevor Budge, Manager of Strategy, City of Greater Bendigo
- Patience Harrington, Chief Executive, City of Wodonga
- David McKenzie, Chair, Committee for Greater Shepparton
- Judy Verlin AM, Chair, Committee for Ballarat
The Labor Government also released the terms of reference for its ground-breaking Regional Network Development Plan today, will move Victoria away from ad hoc service improvements, towards a more coordinated regional public transport network where train and bus services work together to get people where they need to go.
The plan will also consider infrastructure upgrades, network extension and rolling stock, including next generation high capacity regional trains to cater for peak demand.
Consultation will start on 23 June with stakeholder workshops in Gippsland and continue across regional Victoria in the coming months, with stakeholder workshops in South Western Victoria scheduled for September.
More information and access to the online forums will be available at
ptv.vic.gov.au/getinvolved in the coming weeks.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“It’s wonderful that public transport in South West Victoria will finally get the attention it deserves, with a short, medium and long term strategy for better services.”
“Mr Anson a passionate advocate for the South West and will provide a strong local voice during the development of the Regional Network Development plan.”
“I’m looking forward to working with Mr Anson to listen to the local community and provide better public transport for South Western Victoria.”