Have your say on the Murray Basin Rail Project

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging locals to have their say and help shape the Murray Basin Rail Project.

The Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, said community drop-in sessions will be held at various locations between Maryborough and Ararat next week, where locals can find out more about the $440 million project and provide feedback to the project team.

In December 2016, communities along the rail line were consulted about road and pedestrian crossings in order to determine which ones should remain open to traffic.

After feedback from residents, councils and landholders, this information has been incorporated into the project.

Ms Pulford said with work on stages two and three of the project set to begin within weeks, residents are again encouraged to have their say.

The community drop-in sessions will take place between 6:00pm and 8:00pm on:

  • Monday 10 July – Elmhurst Mechanics Institute, High Street, Elmhurst.
  • Tuesday 11 July – Alexandra Oval Community Centre, 1 Waratah Avenue, Ararat.
  • Wednesday 12 July – Avoca Town Hall, Rutherford Street, Avoca.
  • Monday 17 July – Amphitheatre Recreation Reserve, 9 School Street, Amphitheatre.
  • Tuesday 18 July – Maryborough Community House, 23 Primrose Street, Maryborough.

Ms Pulford said as part of the next stage of the project, the 87-kilometre freight train line between Maryborough and Ararat will reopen, bringing trains to the area for the first time in more than a decade.

“I encourage locals to have their say on the next stage of the Murray Basin Rail Project,” Ms Pulford said.

“This huge project will enable our primary producers to get more product to port and export – supporting regional towns, regional jobs and our regional economy,” she said.

The Murray Basin Rail Project will standardise and upgrade more than 1,000 kilometres of track, improving freight services and enabling primary producers to get more product to market, more efficiently.

The project is jointly funded by the Victorian and Australian Governments.  Construction is expected to start later this month and the Maryborough to Ararat line is expected to re-open by late 2017.

For more information about the drop-in sessions and the project visit vline.com.au/murraybasinrail.