The reason the current government is not considering any rail option for Barry Bach is because thay pulled out the rail line to Point Barry.
It was the Kirner ALP Government which closed the Leongatha-Barry Beach line (despite the protestations of Esso, who were the dominant user at the end). The Liberal Gov did dismantle the line in 1994.
Bulk traffic to Barry Point will come from the Latrobe Valley and East Gippsland, which never had rail connectivity to Barry beach. A new line from Sale to Barry Beach would cost billions.
That's why Barry Point will be 100% road serviced..as I keep saying, rail isn't on the radar. There seems to be some strange thinking that the totally unserviced and shallow Barry Point is great for Gippsland just because it's closer than Appleton Dock or Geelong. Plus there is a furphy around which suggests there are no available slots on the Gippsland line - what about the graveyard shift between 1-5am?
In relation to re-establishing the line east of Bairnsdale for some mythical future traffic, much of the former line out of the town has changed ownership. Beyond the end of Bairnsdale yard, a large portion of land was sold to the local Council and has been turned into a sizeable carpark.
Of course, if at some time Government wanted to re-establish part of the line towards Orbost, it has the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act 2009 in its armoury, which gives it authority to build what it wants with minimal consultation or provision for 3rd party objection.