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TIME IS RIGHT FOR RAIL INVESTMENT

September 19, 2016

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed is calling for immediate investment in Shepparton’s rail network needs, following the announcement yesterday of the sale of the Port of Melbourne.

The lease is valued at more than $9.7bill, with the Andrews Labor Government stating more than $970mill will be invested in regional and rural infrastructure projects, as a result.

 “Now is the opportune time for a major investment in Shepparton’s rail needs.

“We need our line upgraded, and bring Shepparton to the same standard as our regional counterparts.

We will then have the capacity for eight daily return services to Melbourne,” Ms Sheed said.

“Shepparton has been treated as the poor relation for far too long, and each year we fall further behind Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong,” she said.

At the 2011 Census, Seymour had a population of 6,360.

At the same time, the City of Greater Shepparton alone had 60,449, and Ms Sheed said there are many people beyond the council border who travel to Shepparton to use the train service.

“Hume needs a regional centre for its rail service.  That centre should be Shepparton.

With these extra funds from the Port of Melbourne sale, it’s time to make this a reality,” Ms Sheed said.

 

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Media contact

Sueanne McCumstie 0428 743 880│sueanne.mccumstie@parliament.vic.gov.au

 

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