Ripon MP, Louise Staley has welcomed the beginning of rail upgrades as part of stage 2 of the $440 Million Murray Basin Rail Project.
Ms Staley today joined Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester and Federal Liberal MP for Wannon Dan Tehan in Maryborough to launch works to standardise rail in the key transport corridor.
The joint Federal and State Government project was originally funded by the former Coalition State Government, with that funding being continued by the current State Government.
Member for Ripon Louise Staley said the commencement of construction on the Murray Basin Rail Project was big news for growers across Ripon.
“Upgrading the rail line between Maryborough and Ararat, will give farmers right across our region a faster and more reliable way to get their produce to the port.” Ms Staley said.
“Growers will be faced with fewer delays, and will be able to transport more grain at a faster rate.”
“This rail upgrade will pull around 20,000 trucks off local roads, which will dramatically slow down deterioration.”
“The Murray Basin Rail Project will beef up capacity, with trains set to transport up to 500,000 more tonnes of produce annually.”