Bicycles, buses and new Exec Officer

May 7, 2020 | LinkedIn

Jane Waldock to become Executive Officer

Jane Waldock will commence as MTF EO from 1 July, until then she is working handover with retiring EO Susie Strain.

The MTF voted to endorse an executive recommendation to appoint Jane Waldock as Executive Officer for an initial period from 01 July 2020 until the Annual General Meeting in 2021.

The current Executive Officer Susie Strain is set to retire on 30 June after serving the MTF for more than 15 years.

Jane comes highly recommended by her peers and has a close and ongoing relationship with the MTF, having represented Yarra City Council on the MTF for many years.

She is a qualified civil engineer, and has worked in construction, contracting, local and state government and consulting sectors. Jane has worked for over 15 years in local government, most recently at the City of Yarra, where she was a member of the Executive Team, as well as managing the Sustainability and Strategic Transport branch.

Zoom Cycle workshop – Urban Bicycle Parking Insights

Facilitated by Harry Barber from Phillip Boyle and Associates, the May participants heard from several councils who had delivered improved bicycle parking, including:
Kate Simnett, Active Transport Planner, Maribyrnong PDF
Simon Stainsby, Sustainable Transport Officer, Moreland PDF
Julian Wearne, Transport Planning Officer, Yarra PDF
Anthea Hargreaves, General Manager, Public Affairs & Marketing Parkiteer, Bicycle Network. PDF

Break out groups also discussed improving parking at schools & shops, and at outer suburban railway stations.

Ministers response on buses

The MTF has received a very detailed response from Minister Horne in reply to our submission for additional bus funding in the next state budget. The letter acknowledges the DOT commitment to increasing bus patronage by 70% over ten years.

The letter also acknowledges the historical shortcomings of buses and outlines the government’s program of network improvements planned for the medium to short term.

Copies of the full letter are available to MTF members on request to Greg Day



State budget review

The State and Federal budgets were the topic of a panel discussion involving council transport analysists, rail experts and a transport reporter from a major news outlet.



MTF's February meeting heard two presentations from local planners who have looked at overseas examples of urban transport planning.


Better Buses in the West

Dr John Stone, Senior lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne spoke on Better Buses for Melbourne’s West at the MTF July meeting.