The Nationals meet with North West Rail Alliance
Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh and Member for Mildura Peter Crisp have received an update from the North West Rail Alliance at State Parliament on Monday.
The meeting continued an ongoing dialogue between The Nationals and the North West Rail Alliance about the return of passenger rail to the Mildura region.
Mr Walsh said it was a very productive meeting in Melbourne, ahead of the return of State Parliament for 2018.
“We’re very interested to hear more on the work that Mildura Rural City Council’s flagged to further investigate passenger rail demands along the Mildura-Ballarat corridor,” Mr Walsh said.
“We understand rail is an important issue for the Mildura community and there’s a lot of discussion about its economic and social merits – this further study will be very useful to inform future considerations.”
Mr Walsh said the Nationals were the driving force behind the former Liberal Nationals government’s $220 million investment in the $440 million Murray Basin Rail Project, which will see the standardisation and upgrade of freight rail in western and northern Victoria.
Mr Crisp said upgrades on level crossings along the Maryborough to Mildura line was the next priority.
“The return of passenger rail has long been a key issue for our community and The Nationals will continue to seek updates from our communities,” Mr Crisp said.
“The North West Rail Alliance has indicated they’d also like to meet with Labor’s Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan to discuss their cause.
“It’s disappointing the Minister hasn’t made herself available to date but I will continue to advocate to her on the Alliance’s behalf.”
Mr Walsh, who is also Shadow Minister for Regional Victoria and Decentralisation, said the Liberal Nationals were dedicated to growing Victoria’s regional communities.
“The Liberal Nationals are the only parties committed to growing our country communities and decentralising our population,” Mr Walsh said.
“If elected, we will work to make Victoria into a state of cities – not just a city state – bringing more people to live and work in country Victoria.”