TWO of Maroondah's biggest projects - the Ringwood railway station upgrade and Ringwood Aquatic Centre - missed out on funding in last week's state budget.
Eastern Transport Coalition chairwoman Samantha Dunn said the organisation was disappointed that the Ringwood railway project had been overlooked.
"The station is in desperate need of an upgrade and has been for years," she said. "We want to achieve best mobility access for all users possible and need a commitment from the state government."
Maroondah mayor Rob Steane said the Coalition did commit to the funding but said it would only be handed over in the last term of the current government. "The council is grateful that this commitment has been made and will continue to work alongside the state government to develop a final concept design for the station and bus interchange," he said.
Designs for the station upgrade have been released and the state government will review feedback before developing a final concept design.
"While the Department of Transport's planning is progressing well, council would welcome an earlier commencement date of the Ringwood station and bus interchange redevelopment if at all possible."
The council was also hoping for another $2 million for the Ringwood Aquatic Centre, which also missed out.
"It was probably to be expected," Cr Steane said.
The council received $3 million in state funding last year. Cr Steane said any more cash would have gone on a state-of-the-art diving tower incorporated into the plans.
He said the diving tower and pool would be the second in the state and would be used by people from all across Melbourne.
"We don't expect the ratepayers to pay for a state diving facility that will be used by a number of members not just from Maroondah, Yarra or Knox."