Expert Comment on Port of Melbourne lease

Director of the RMIT Centre for Urban Research Professor Jago Dodson is available to talk about the State Government’s proposal to spend the proceeds of the $9.7 billion deal to lease the Port of Melbourne.

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Dodson has called for the profits from the Port of Melbourne to be used to improve Victoria’s suburban public transport.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity to build a world class suburban public network for Melbourne’s growing but underserviced suburbs” he said.

“With new investment in suburban bus networks, the Victorian Government can use the proceeds to maximise the gains from its rail projects.

“Investing in new bus services linked to the crossing removals projects means the port funds could be used to widen the public transport benefits of the crossing removals program far beyond the newly rebuilt stations.”

For interviews: Jago Dodson, (03) 9925 9591 or 0415554889                     

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