April 13, 2016: Member Statement – Murray Basin rail project

The federal government’s announcement to fund the Murray Basin rail project is great news. This will take trucks off our disintegrating roads and provide safer travel.

South-west Victoria is the state’s most important food hub. We punch well above our weight in contributing to Victoria’s economy.

Investments in roads and rail will realise the potential even further. Suggestions that roads leading to south-west Victoria are roads to nowhere, as we read in last week’s media, are misleading and ignorant.

Dairy, grain, meat and timber are shipped from south-west Victoria every day. The roads leading into the port of Portland are an investment worth making.