My adjournment matter tonight is directed to the Minister for Public Transport, and my request to her is for her to ensure that an additional bus service is provided for the students of Donvale Christian College in my electorate. Donvale Christian College has enrolments of more than 1200 students from prep right through to year 12 and is a great‑performing school with a very engaged school community.
The newly minted minister may not know this, but the Warrandyte electorate is not serviced by Melbourne’s train network, with the sole public transport option being the bus network, meaning that students and families from Donvale Christian College are restricted in their transport choices.
A local family whose children recently started at Donvale Christian College has contacted me with concerns that the 271 route from Nunawading station to Donvale Christian College is constantly at or over capacity. This is not the first time that this matter has been raised, with a number of other families having approached me some months ago, causing me to raise concerns in this house with the previous transport minister in August of last year. The previous Minister for Public Transport in her response to me stated that she had asked Transport for Victoria to consider the request for additional services, but seven months later there seems to be no movement at all to address this problem.
Not only are students regularly being left at the school unable to even get on the bus, but it is also becoming a safety issue for not only the students but the general public who also use this service. This concern around safety has led Donvale Christian College to contact Public Transport Victoria directly to request an additional bus, but there is still no solution that has been offered by PTV. To the minister, it is clear that this issue is now putting student safety at risk, and I know families at the school have contacted the minister directly with no response at all. So I ask the minister: can she please have Transport for Victoria intervene in this situation immediately, to have them work with Donvale Christian College and to add an additional bus service to ensure that all passengers, including the students of Donvale Christian College, can arrive at their destination safely?