Bus Awareness Week 2023

People riding bikes through city


Monday 23 October – Friday 27 October 2023

Highlights of local activities
Mornington Peninsula

Better buses on the Mornington Peninsula
27 October 2023

Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor, Steve Holland, and the local member for Hastings, Paul Mercurio MP, took a bus trip together during the Metropolitan Transport Forum’s bus awareness week.

Better buses are still needed on the Peninsula – more routes as well as more reliable, more frequent buses. The cross-peninsula bus service will be a welcome addition for commuters and is currently being planned by the Victorian Government.

Read more about advocacy on the Mornington Peninsula

Nillumbik: Bus trip highlights options for better services
October 2023
Cr Richard Stockman, Youth Councillor Orianna, Positive Ageing Advisory Committee member Ann, North-Eastern Metropolitan Member of the Legislative Council Aiv Puglielli, Mayor Ben Ramcharan and Council Youth Officer Meg ready to board the bus.

A simple bus ride between Diamond Creek and Mernda has highlighted opportunities to improve local bus services and make a difference to the lives of thousands of residents in Nillumbik and surrounding areas.

Nillumbik’s Blue Lake Ward councillor and member of the Metropolitan Transport Forum, Richard Stockman led a ‘One Bus – One Hour’ trip today on the 381 bus from Diamond Creek Station.

He was joined by Mayor Ben Ramcharan, North-Eastern Metropolitan Member of the Legislative Council Aiv Puglielli, Orianna from Nillumbik’s Youth Council and Ann, a member of Council’s Positive Ageing Advisory Committee, to board the 381 bus and discuss some of the challenges and opportunities around the service.

Cr Stockman said the ‘One Bus – One Hour’ event highlighted the importance of a review of local bus services to ensure they were meeting the needs of communities in the northern region.

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Also in the local newspaper

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Melton Mayor and local member rode together from Woodgrove Shopping Centre
27 October 2023

City of Melton Mayor Cr Lara Carli, and State Member for Melton, Steve McGhie MP

As part of the Metropolitan Transport Forum’s Bus Appreciation Week, City of Melton Mayor Cr Lara Carli, and State Member for Melton, Steve McGhie MP, joined residents on a bus ride from Woodgrove Shopping Centre.

They called for City of Melton residents to try their local bus and complete the MTF’s Better Buses survey to help shape an accessible, frequent and connected bus network in our community.

Residents are heavily reliant on buses to link up with the rail network, visit friends and relatives, and get to school, work and the shops.

Using the bus is a great way for residents to save money on travel costs, reduce their impact on the environment and connect with other members of the community.

Melton City Council has called for a review of the municipality’s bus network to start as soon as possible.

Modelling conducted by Melton City Council shows a cost neutral reconfiguration of existing routes would double frequency and create new routes for areas not serviced by buses. For more information on Melton City Council’s modelling visit www.movingmelton.com.au/busnetwork




Eight MTF Transport Forums were held across Melbourne in July - October 2022