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All Change at PTUA HQ

Melbourne's key public transport advocacy group has some new faces with the retirement of two prominent campaigners on Thursday night.

The Public Transport Users Association farewelled several committee members who have chosen to retire from their positions.

Amongst those opting not to stand again are the Association's President, Les Chandra, and high-profile Secretary Vaughan Williams. In his report to members at the PTUA Annual General Meeting, Mr Williams noted the PTUA's strong financial position, respected expert status in the community sector, and consistently high profile in public debate.

"The PTUA has consistently punched above its weight over the last three decades, constantly pressing for the improvement of public transport," said Mr Williams. "I'm proud to have contributed to that during my time as Secretary".

Mr Williams has been Secretary since 1999 and will remain a member of the PTUA Committee. "It has been a great privilege and learning experience to fill this position", said Mr Williams, "but I no longer have sufficient time to devote to it."

Mr Chandra said that he was stepping down as President to pursue a new career opportunity in Perth. He is the PTUA's longest serving committee member and has held several positions during his ten years with the Association. He was appointed as President at the beginning of 2002, succeeding transport academic Dr Paul Mees.

At the meeting PTUA members elected Daniel Bowen as President and Anthony Morton as Secretary for 2003-04. Both are experienced campaigners, with Mr Bowen editing PTUA News since 2001 and Dr Morton serving as the PTUA's Policy Director for a number of years.

"As an organisation we indebted to both Vaughan and Les for their contributions to the PTUA over the past few years, and are pleased that Vaughan is able to continue on the committee. We wish Les well in Perth, a city that is enjoying a public transport renaissance", said Mr Bowen.

Mr Chandra wished the new team every success. "Good public transport is vital to the quality of life of Victorians", he said. "I have every confidence that the PTUA will continue its valuable work to help make Victoria's public transport faster, more frequent, cleaner, safer and more usable."

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Last Modified: 14 September 2003