07 May 2018

BUDGET 2018: Another $50m announced for Geelong rail duplication

The Turnbull government is delivering a further $50 million for the Waurn Ponds to South Geelong rail duplication project in this year’s Federal Budget.  I am absolutely thrilled about this commitment which demonstrates that we are deadly serious about delivering this project.

Based on an anticipated total cost of $300 million, the Turnbull Government has delivered 50 per cent of the funding for this project in contrast to the paltry $10 million deliver by Premier Daniel Andrews. This project is vital to unlocking congestion and delivering more frequent and reliable trains services to Corangamite residents in southern Geelong, Winchelsea, Birregurra and Colac.

The State Labor Government has provided only $10 million for this project and failed to provide any funding for our region’s passenger rail services in the State Budget.  This shows how little Daniel Andrews cares about fixing our trains.

It is unbelievable that it is taking Labor two years just to complete a business plan for this project which must be made public.

Our region is one of the fastest growing in Australia which is why I have campaigned so hard for transport infrastructure including better train services.

This announcement is part of $7.8 billion of additional infrastructure expenditure in Victoria which includes $5 billion for an airport rail link between Melbourne’s CBD and Tullamarine.  There is also an additional $3 billion for the East West Link and I congratulate Opposition Leader Matthew Guy who has committed to build this vital road, cancelled by State Labor at a cost of $1.24 billion.

The Turnbull Government is delivering a record $75 billion investment in infrastructure and transport projects focused on building local communities, connecting the regions and our cities and busting congestion and boosting productivity.

This includes a $140 million fund to tackle urban congestion in Victoria which provides Corangamite with additional opportunities to fund local projects.

7 May 2018