CAMPBELLS Creek, Newstead and Carisbrook have at least one thing in common - a deteriorating, disused rail line.
The Victorian Greens and the Rail Revival Alliance believe this rail line can "revitalise" the small towns between Castlemaine and Maryborough.
Greens candidate for Bendigo West John Brownstein visited the former Campbells Creek train station on Wednesday, now an overgrown, littered pile of dirt.
Mr Brownstein said a recent $2 million state government report had overstated the cost of rehabilitating the 55 kilometre track, which came in at up to $290 million.
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When are we going to end this love affair with public spending to satisfy deep emotional needs?
The simple thing is people moved to Melbourne to be in the city. Or Geelong.
But if the Greens who are pro-centralization, as in they want us all to live in 100 storey high rises and not touch a blade of grass for development, need to ask themselves what practical measures are they going to take to make it profitable? None and they don't care.
Only providing tax incentives to those living in regional areas of Australia will we see a comeback in regional rail. Up to this point there is no sign of this happening. Even NSW has been quiet on this issue since the election.
An idea for you train buffs. Work for the dole-get the scheme to deliver free labour for this project and it will reduce the construction cost.
But the economic viability of the rail operation is still in doubt. Australia is not Germany. We need a population to have effective utilization of the rail passenger service.
If the Greens were more serious about development I might take the idea more seriously. At this point with people like Sarah Hanson Young in the Federal Senate I discount any practical thinking from the Greens......