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In September 2004 an Alliance was formed between the Friends of South
Morang (FOSM), the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) and the City
of Whittlesea Ratepayers Association (COWRA) to campaign for the extension
of the rail line to South Morang. The Mernda and District Residents
Association (MADRA) subsequently joined the Alliance in February 2005.
Laurimar Residents Association joined the Alliance in September 2007.
THE ALLIANCE'S PRIORITY
Is to have the state government start construction of the Epping rail line extension to South Morang project with funding in the next state budget.
An Action Plan has been developed which features:
*Ongoing meetings between members of the Alliance
*A series of Public meetings
*Petitions to state parliament
*A media campaign leading up to the next state election
*Lobbying of local MPís, the Minister for Transport and Opposition members, and
*Developing a network of supporting organisations and key individuals
*Obtaining sponsorship for the activities of the Alliance
The Alliance supports the City of Whittlesea in it's desire to have this work proceed as soon as possible and FOSM collected 3,671 signatures on a petition which was presented to the state parliament by Lily D'Ambrosio MP for Mill Park on the 01 April 2004.
Another 5000+ signatures were presented to the Minister for Transport by the Whittlesea Leader newspaper in early 2005 which launched and coordinated the petition.
These were the two largest petitions ever collected in the City of Whittlesea but they have so far been ignored by our local MPs Lily D'Ambrosio, Danielle Green and Peter Batchelor.