Persistent rail campaign delivers for Maryborough Commuters

Member for Ripon Louise Staley has welcomed news the State Government has caved into her repeated calls for an extra rail service on the Maryborough Line.

Ms. Staley’s election commitment to deliver an additional daily service on the Maryborough has now been realised with the State Government today announcing that it had buckled to local pressure and would install an extra weekday off-peak return service for the Maryborough line.

Today’s announcement by the State Government marks the end of a strong and regular campaign by Ms Staley from prior to the last election to get this project funded, which included Ms Staley being joined by Opposition Leader Matthew Guy to call for this service in February last year, returning again with Shadow Transport Minister David Hodgett in August and repeatedly calling for these extra services in Parliament.

Ms Staley said it was a huge relief that her campaign for more services had finally been vindicated.

“This is a great victory for the community of Maryborough, a great result for Maryborough Commuters; I am overjoyed that following a lengthy campaign of pushing for more services the State Government has finally seen the value in this.” Ms Staley said.

“For too long local commuters have had to put up with a second-rate service, this extra commitment will mean more travellers and more growth for our community.”

Shadow Transport Minister David Hodgett, who visited Maryborough Station with Louise in August last year, praised Ms Staley for not giving up on securing this project for her electorate.

“This a huge victory for Maryborough commuters, Louise has demonstrated that if you don’t give up and keep pushing, you can achieve your goals.”

“Ms. Staley has been badgering the State Government from day one about this issue; it’s a fitting reward that she has finally been able to secure additional rail services for the Maryborough community.”