| Community Stations
Cupcakes, sausage sizzles, therapy dogs, music and more; the Community Stations pilot project is creating lively, fun and vibrant atmospheres in select Melbourne train stations. While creating positive vibes at train stations is a fantastic way to contribute to the community’s wellbeing, what we are most proud of is the awareness around mental health that is being created through the project. Our priority is to raise awareness of the importance of mental health while removing the stigma associated with mental illness. The Project is being led by TrackSAFE, Public Transport Victoria (PTV), Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM), V/Line, local councils and other partners. A range of activities are being tested at four Melbourne stations – Dandenong, Ringwood, Sunshine and Melton.
As part of the Project we've stationed a piano at Ringwood Station which is reportedly bringing a great amount of positive energy to the platform. “On Friday and Saturday nights, groups are gathering round the piano to hear passengers play then applauding when they finish a piece. There was an afternoon when it was quite a stressful time at the station. Someone played the piano and everyone relaxed. It changed the mood completely. Earlier in the week, two teenage boys spent quite some time at the piano writing a song and working out lyrics," Station Master Shirley. To find out more about Community Stations please visit our website