Ararat Freight Hub is 18 months overdue

Ripon MP Louise Staley has slammed the Andrews Government for dragging its heels on the Ararat Freight Hub project.

Daniel Andrews promised to build a Transport Hub in Ararat in 2014, but the State Government has been sitting on its hands ever since.

After failing to provide any information on the status of the project, instead of getting on with the Freight Hub the Andrews

Government last week announced it would be commissioning a costly and timely feasibility study.

Member for Ripon Louise study said this was simply not good enough.

“The people of Ararat have been waiting too long for Daniel Andrews to wake up and build the freight Hub he promised,” Ms. Staley said.”

“Many Ararat residents were hopeful of finally getting an announcement that this project would be built. Instead, they were met with disappointment when it was revealed Labor would instead be undertaking a time wasting study.”

“This community has been calling for this project for a long time; they already understand the benefits of it, it's time Daniel Andrews got on with the job and built a freight hub for Ararat.”

Tim McCurdy, Shadow Minister for Regional Development said this project had been delayed long enough.

“Daniel Andrews told Victorians it was “about time” for the Ararat freight and logistics hub in 2014, and yet it has taken Labor 18 months to make any progress. Mr. McCurdy said.

“Just three months ago, The Coalition asked Jaala Pulford in parliament why the people of Ararat were still waiting for work on this project to begin – she was unable to answer.”

“Daniel Andrews promised this study would help deliver more jobs to Ararat families. But 18 months later they are still waiting.”

“It is more proof that the further you live from Melbourne, the less you get from this city-centric Labor Government.”