A Rudd Labor Government will invest a further $248 million to streamline Victoria’s regional freight and export supply chains.
Shadow Minister for Transport, Roads and Tourism, Martin Ferguson said today “Australia desperately needs a national freight and logistics strategy with seamless intermodalism between land, sea and air transport.”
“That’s why Federal Labor is investing today in a series of intermodal terminals in Victoria to improve transport productivity for our regional industries and exporters.
“We will also invest in better road and rail links for Victoria’s Western District, which is not on the AusLink network but is a major dairy, forestry, manufacturing and oil and gas region.”
A Rudd Labor Government will provide the following funding:
* $110 million towards a $220 million duplication of the Princes Highway West from Waurn Ponds to Winchelsea;
* $7.5 million towards a $15 million upgrade of the Colac-Lavers Hill Road;
* $50 million to start work on a $160 million project to upgrade rail access at the Port of Geelong, upgrade sections of poor quality track
in Western Victoria and eliminate the gap in concrete sleepers between Melbourne and Adelaide;
* $600,000 towards the Warrnambool Intermodal Terminal;
* $6.5 million towards the Wimmera Intermodal Terminal at Dooen;
* $3 million to start the Shepparton Intermodal Terminal;
$50 million towards the Altona/Laverton Precinct and the Dandenong Intermodal Terminal; and
$20 million towards the Somerton Intermodal Terminal.
Duplication of the Princes Highway West from Waurn Ponds to Winchelsea will cater for high productivity freight vehicles moving produce and exports from the Western District to ports and domestic markets.
Within the next five to ten years, ten thousand vehicles a day will use this vital link for agricultural, food processing and manufacturing industries in Victoria’s Western District.
The project is part of Federal Labor’s commitment to expand the higher mass limits network to improve transport productivity for business.
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How interesting. I wonder just how much of this has been spent and how many of these projects have actually started or have been completed?