Melton Shire welcomes funding for Toolern Rail Station
MEDIA RELEASE - 10 May 2012
Melton Shire Council has welcomed the Federal Government’s 2012-13 Budget announcement of $125,000 in funding for a feasibility study to help plan for a rail station in the Toolern precinct.
The proposed rail station would be to service people moving into the Atherstone housing development and surrounding areas. The funding is from the Federal Government’s Liveable Cities program, designed to encourage greater productivity, sustainability and liveability.
The feasibility study will assess the options and costs of the proposed rail station.
Melton Shire Council Mayor, Cr Justin Mammarella JP said the funding was very encouraging news.
“The need for early infrastructure delivery to meet the needs of our growing population is a critical issue for our Council.
“This funding will allow us to continue planning so that this significant piece of infrastructure can be delivered when required.”
Council is also pleased that the Federal Government has committed to continue funding the vital Roads to Recovery program through to 2018-19.
Other positive announcements include the budget surplus identified which will lay the foundation for possible future interest rate cuts from the Reserve Bank and the bringing forward of financial assistance grants which will assist Council in cash flow terms.
Cr Mammarella: “These are very positive announcements however there is more still to be done and Council will continue advocating to both the State and Federal governments on our key issues of health, transport, employment opportunities and support for growth to help meet the needs of our residents.”
The information on this page is a media release issued by Melton Shire Council and was current and correct at the date of publication.