Saved a soaking
Bendigo Weekly
FORECAST heavy rain that could have led to a new round of flooding across central and northern Victoria failed to eventuate this week, sparing the region from further hardship. Up to 40 millimetres of rain was expected to hit Bendigo and the surrounding areas on Tuesday night and into Wednes..
23-Sep-2016
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Green light for Telstra tower
Sharon Kemp
A 30-metre telecommunications tower will be built at Bendigo TAFE’s Charleston campus that Telstra claims will ensure Kennington North does not become mobile black spot. City of Greater Bendigo councillors on Wednesday night voted to allow Telstra to build the tower, saying it met exis..
23-Sep-2016
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Hoskin in council tilt
Sharon Kemp
THE woman who was a central figure in the fight against plans for Bendigo’s first mosque and in the unruly protest that led to a council meeting being abandoned in September 2015 says it was not disrespectful to sit in the mayoral chair and laugh after the meeting was closed down. Anti..
23-Sep-2016
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32 up and running
Sharon Kemp
FIRST-time candidates Ian Dean and Damien Irving secured first and second positions on the ballot paper for the hotly contested Lockwood ward. Mr Dean, a former science teacher who was self employed from 1988 until retirement, said he would run on the platform of not increasing rates and red..
23-Sep-2016
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Candidates team up to win
Sharon Kemp
A LARGE field of candidates in next month’s City of Greater Bendigo elections has the potential to create voting blocs on the incoming council. As the council comes to the end of a tumultuous four-year term, many candidates have said they want to serve on a less divided cou..
23-Sep-2016
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Push for driver safety
Sharon Kemp
“I can’t justify a single death on our roads,” is the approach Bendigo Highway Patrol sergeant Mick McCrann takes to the job of policing central Victorian roads. The road toll in Bendigo so far is lower than it was year on year – four fatalities compared to six – ..
23-Sep-2016
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Pharmacy students in at the sharp end
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s fourth year pharmacy students at La Trobe university will be the first in Victoria to learn how to immunise patients. The training program is being offered in response to the state government’s new legislation, enabling registered pharmacists to immunise. Up until ..
22-Sep-2016
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It's show time
Bendigo Weekly
The 2016 Bendigo Agricultural Show is fast approaching with entries for the various categories closing in the coming weeks. Whether you are the top lamington cook, the best fruit cake maker, or the number one scone master chef, you need to get your delectable medal winners into the contest...
22-Sep-2016
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Reflecting on time well spent
Sharon Kemp
RETIRING councillor Rod Campbell wants voters to enquire about the motivation of candidates they intend to vote for at the upcoming City of Greater Bendigo elections. As the two-term councillor and former mayor counts down to his retirement, he contemplates the council’s work of the re..
15-Sep-2016
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The Lab comes to life
Dianne Dempsey
Tireless advocate for autistic and neurodiverse children and teenagers, Beck Kelly, is thrilled to introduce two significant programs. The Lab Bendigo is a computer group aimed at autistic and neurodiverse children and teenagers aged between 8 and 17 years. The second program is “I..
08-Sep-2016
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Training to understand needs of disabled
Sharon Kemp
Victorians who have difficulty communicating have trained V/Line front line and PTV call centre staff to understand them, making the train operator the first in the world with the accreditation. It has been a three-year process training more than 800 staff members, but V/Line chief executive..
02-Sep-2016
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Ruby signs off on a lifetime of work
Joel Peterson
IN her time in the industry, there isn’t much that Strath Village IGA’s Ruby Walker hasn’t seen or heard. An eventful 22 years at the Strath Village store draw to a close today, as Ruby greets her last customers and makes her last sale after spending 35 years in supermarket..
01-Sep-2016
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Fit for the job
Bendigo Weekly
PHIL Carman is an athlete who as a footy player never really achieved the greatness of his immense potential, but his life-long commitment to fitness continues to serve him well. The 66 year old former Collingwood, Melbourne, Essendon and North Melbourne star played 100 games of Australian R..
23-Sep-2016
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Goldie walks out with Spirit
Bendigo Weekly
Mischievous mascot Goldie the Wonder Dog is joining the Bendigo Spirit over the summer holidays. The public face of the City of Greater Bendigo’s child-friendly city will be the club’s first ever mascot. “Children throughout the municipality love Goldie, and we reckon S..
22-Sep-2016
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Heritage for friends
Bendigo Weekly
A Heritage tour walk sets off on Sunday to raise funds for education scholarships and development works in Timor Leste. The Bendigo Maubisse Friendship Committee is behind the event and tour organiser Rod Flavell said it’s a great opportunity to experience some of Bendigo’s wonde..
22-Sep-2016
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Ken dives in to help remote community
Sharon Kemp
A KEY figure in the first round fight to save the Golden Square swimming pool, Ken Hamilton is using the pool maintenance skills he gained at Maple Street to bolster an Aboriginal community 100km south of Uluru. This time, in a fortnight, Mr Hamilton will be on his way to the Amata communit..
15-Sep-2016
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Kids all smiles for walking to school
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS at Eaglehawk North Primary School will be among those across the state lacing up their runners and walking to school next month to increase their levels of physical activity. Next month is Walk To School month, an initiative supported by VicHealth to try to arrest the dramatic decli..
08-Sep-2016
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Kids programmed to perform
Bendigo Weekly
DOJOS are mostly associated with martial arts and mystery, but a new type is opening in Bendigo to teach young locals some very valuable skills. CoderDojo is a volunteer-led program operating worldwide that aims to teach young people skills in computer programming that are becoming ever more..
08-Sep-2016
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Futsal in a league of its own
Bendigo Weekly
NINE futsal teams made up of friends and family always makes for fierce rivalry. So it was with Bendigo’s Karen community, who divided into teams for the third annual multicultural youth futsal tournament last weekend and cheered as loud as they could at the Flora Hill indoor sports ..
22-Sep-2016
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Aid for the islands
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO health educator Anne Hepner jumped at her daughter Milly’s suggestion to return to the Solomon Islands after 20 years for a month of volunteer health work. After two decades, the family retains connections in the South Pacific nation who have helped identify what is needed in ..
22-Sep-2016
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Sounds like a good idea for the holidays
Bendigo Weekly
What is sound? How does it work? Can sound travel in space? And why are some sounds happy, and some sounds hideous? This school holidays Discovery Science and Technology Centre Bendigo is presenting fun and entertaining activities to make sure you and the family get a positive vibe about so..
22-Sep-2016
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Kevin lands prime honour
Sharon Kemp
WHEN judoka Kevin Prime competes, he thinks not what he is missing, but what he’s got that his opponent has not. The answer is no lower left arm. After a farming accident when he was 15-years-old, Mr Prime started judo as “something I could hang my hat on.” More th..
15-Sep-2016
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Forum focusses on early intervention
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW unit at Bendigo Health that was the subject of a forum this week will allow mothers to be treated while their babies are with them. The annual forum was titles “The Earliest Intervention” and focussed on young parents and their babies, with around 100 people from areas suc..
08-Sep-2016
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It's all about the music, man
Sharon Kemp
MUSICMan Megastore owner Paul Tzountzourkas has given every kind of band a place to play for five years and they are repaying him with support as he battles financial hardship and possible closure. The corner Hargreaves Street venue is holding a Do or Die concert series on Friday, September ..
08-Sep-2016
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Current Issue

Do or Die for Musicman
Simon Wooldridge
It’s billed as “Do Or Die”. Next week’s Musicman fundraiser festival features more than 60 bands. More acts are being added as the event – originally planned for Friday and Saturday – spills into a third day. The troubled CBD venue’s financial..
22-Sep-2016
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Boy and Bear head regional
Joel Peterson
WHEN you’re a group as big as Boy and Bear, you play in all kinds of venues, from pubs and clubs to stadium shows and sold out festivals. Despite having seen a wide variety of places, the band’s Tim Hart says that regional shows still have a unique quality. Lucky, because he and..
15-Sep-2016
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Royals in town
Simon Wooldridge
MUSICMAN is hosting “rock royalty” twice next week when the respective King Of The North and King Parrot tours hit Bendigo on Thursday and Saturday. Both bands visit central Victoria shortly before embarking on lengthy European adventures. King Of The North’s second album,..
08-Sep-2016
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Where the Lions roar
Bendigo Weekly
Four Lions’ new album Vahland comes from some pretty dark places. You’ve Ruined All My Favourite Songs captures the overall tone. “There are songs you introduce to someone in a relationship that you can’t listen to when it’s over. Not a positive association!&r..
02-Sep-2016
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Sweet sounds at the Gold Dust
Bendigo Weekly
A MISSION to play covers that other bands leave alone spurred the formation of Bendigo’s Sweet Disposition Band. The band’s four members – lead singer Sina Fonua, Chris Davey, Paul and drummer Pete – had all previously been playing in other bands, notching up a combined 2..
02-Sep-2016
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20 strings
Simon Wooldridge
Harry Manx brings his Australian tour to Bendigo’s Capital Theatre on Wednesday, September, 14. Described as an “essential link” between western and eastern music, Harry Manx’s unique sound blends the blues and classical Indian ragas. Manx’s signature instrume..
25-Aug-2016
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Square's grand return
Joel Peterson
AT three-quarter time last week, it looked as though Golden Square’s indifferent finals series was going to catch up with them and see the Bulldogs bundled out of finals. Square trailed Eaglehawk by 16 points going into the final term of their preliminary final clash, and the upstart B..
23-Sep-2016
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Rested Roos ready for grand final test
Joel Peterson
KANGAROO Flat will be out to stop Golden Square’s quest for back-to-back A-grade netball flags in it tracks when the sides meet in the showcase netball game on Saturday. The build up for both sides could not have been less similar, with Kangaroo Flat a picture of stability for the bett..
23-Sep-2016
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Set for a classic
Bendigo Weekly
THE stars will line up when the Bendigo District Cycling Club holds its annual Rob Vernon Memorial on Sunday. Recent Tour of the Great South Coast winner Sam Crome, Tour of Taiwan champion Robbie Hucker, Jason Lea, national under-23 champion Chris Hamilton and National Road Series winner Joe..
23-Sep-2016
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Spirit impress in opener
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Spirit coach Simon Pritchard expects new recruit Blake Dietrick to fit in with his side seamlessly as the Spirit head into their second preseason match tomorrow. The Spirit takes on 2015/16 finallist Dandenong in Werribee, the first of two games against the Rangers before the start o..
23-Sep-2016
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The best of the best in 2016
Joel Peterson
GOLDEN Square co-captain Jack Geary leads the way in the Bendigo Weekly's Bendigo Football League 2016 Team of the Year. The Bulldogs lead the way with six players in the side, ahead of grand final combatants Sandhurst with four. Eaglehawk coach Luke Monaghan was named coach of the year ..
22-Sep-2016
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Thunder on cusp of perfect season
Joel Peterson
ON the eve of the Victorian Women’s Football League season it was bordering on unforseeable that the Bendigo Thunder would make it this far. They had just lost their coach and president before even playing a game and had made the step up to the VWFL’s Premier Division. The gr..
16-Sep-2016
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Reunion on court
Bendigo Weekly
GERRI Stevens and Jean Frost remember being at the meeting that formed the Bendigo Married Ladies Netball Association 40 years ago, and such are the connections they have made, they have played ever since. The association is now called Bendigo Midweek Ladies Netball, and is calling for all p..
22-Sep-2016
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Believe picnic sets up again
Bendigo Weekly
THE second annual Believe in Bendigo family picnic day will be held in Bendigo’s Civic Gardens on Friday, September 30. Organisers say Bendigo showed the world its true colour one year ago when more than 3000 people turned the gardens into a showcase of diversity and unity, and took a ..
15-Sep-2016
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Kits for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
Students from Catholic College, Crusoe College, Girton Grammar and Bendigo Senior Secondary College worked hard over the past week to begin the assembly of Zonta birthing kits. Zonta is now inviting community volunteers to help its members assemble the kits this Saturday, September 10, from ..
08-Sep-2016
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Ken opens doors for a good cause
Dianne Dempsey
For many years now Eaglehawk residents Ken and Muriel Maes have been opening their garden for display in order to raise money for the lepers of Nepal. Despite a common misapprehension that leprosy is now a defunct disease, there are still many people, particularly in the third world who stil..
02-Sep-2016
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Hitting the mark
Bendigo Weekly
EVERYTHING from clocks to Victoria Crosses will be on show this weekend at the Golden City Collectors’ Association’s 33rd Arms and Collectables Show. Held at Major League Multisports in Golden Square across the weekend, the show will have over 200 exhibitors from far and wide dis..
25-Aug-2016
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Fun for a cause
Bendigo Weekly
It’s been a busy week for students at St Monica’s Primary School in Kangaroo Flat. An early burst of spring weather on Monday provided an ideal backdrop for the school’s athletics carnival, while on Tuesday the focus returned to the school’s Jaara Centre for a present..
18-Aug-2016
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Care for carers
Bendigo Weekly
Anglicare Victoria was one of 134 worthwhile causes to have a helping hand from Lendlease employees last week, as part of its annual community day. On Thursday, around 20 Lendlease employees and subcontractors from the Bendigo Hospital project converged on an Anglicare Victoria residence. ..
22-Sep-2016
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Goodbye Possums
Dianne Dempsey
While Jimmy Possum has arguably been one of Australia’s most successful regional businesses, its owners, Margot and Alan Spalding, came to the realisation earlier this year that enough was enough. “Alan had been diagnosed with prostate cancer four years ago and we thought he had ..
15-Sep-2016
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The who behind Hoo-gah
Bendigo Weekly
When Bendigo chef Gina Trivolo recently opened a cafe in Mitchell Street her parents reminded her she was following a family tradition. “My grandfather had a greengrocer’s in Mitchell Street (where the TAB is today) for many years, but sadly his shop went the way of a lot of small bu..
08-Sep-2016
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Fresh market for exports
Peter Kennedy
Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm is taking its fresh chicken products to more of the world by expanding its export business into the lucrative Hong Kong market. After years of selling frozen products to Hong Kong, the Philippines, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, Hazeldene’s is now ..
02-Sep-2016
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NBN rollout lines up Bendigo suburbs
Sharon Kemp
SOME Bendigo residents can start to shop for retail packages for broadband internet as NBN Co constructs the first node cabinets in the city, starting in East Bendigo. The progress is a welcome development for businesses who have been waiting for the rollout to increase internet speed commen..
01-Sep-2016
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Project taking off
Sharon Kemp
THE first plane will land on the new Bendigo Airport runway in February if the $15 million redevelopment remains on track but it is unlikely to be a passenger flight that will make the inaugural landing. Less than six months out from completion, the City of Greater Bendigo is working to conv..
25-Aug-2016
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Villa has a new outlook
Bendigo Weekly
George Lansell had a lot of gold, hence a lot of money, but the Quartz King passed away in 1906 having never finished his pride and joy in the historic Fortuna Villa. Fortuna was constructed in 1856 with several extensions over the years, but the final external finishing touches..
22-Sep-2016
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Project goes to a new level
Sharon Kemp
AS fast as St John of God Bendigo hospital refurbishes its new and existing wings, the new wards fill. The hospital has completed the upper two levels of its new building and is part way through refurbishing the existing wing. The $41 million initial redeve..
15-Sep-2016
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Drawn to the mall
Bendigo Weekly
THERE is one more Eltham Copper Butterfly in the Bendigo region, but you’re unlikely to see it in the garden at home any time soon. Pavement artist Ulla Taylor this week put the finishing touches on a chalk drawing of the rare butterfly to tie in with 2016 National Threatened Species D..
08-Sep-2016
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Mall renewal a long way off
Sharon Kemp
IT may take many years and failures before Bendigo has a mall people want to visit the spend time in. Victorian parliamentary secretary for justice Ben Carroll told the Bendigo safe communities forum it can take decades to reduce crime and reinvigorate a public area, such as a mall. Depa..
02-Sep-2016
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CBD the centre of attention
Peter Kennedy
BENDIGO’S central business district could be on the verge of a new period of growth and change, underpinned by recognition of its major assets and appropriate infill development. City of Greater Bendigo consultant architect Don Goldsworthy OAM told an audience at the Bendigo Writers Fe..
02-Sep-2016
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A Guest collection
Dianne Dempsey
Former Family Court judge and Olympic rower, Paul Guest QC, grew up with artists and has an abiding respect for their work, a respect and appreciation which is reflected in the paintings from his private art collection currently hanging in the Bendigo Art Gallery. “I appreciate that th..
25-Aug-2016
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Paper chase
Rosalea Ryan
Interested in data? It’s February 2015 and in Germany investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer is presented with what quickly becomes the most daunting yet satisfying challenge of his media career. Obermeyer is at home one evening when an email arrives from an anonymous correspondent. ..
22-Sep-2016
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Adventure on the high rivers
Rosalea Ryan
Take two adventurous Englishmen, a desire to float clear across Europe and an assortment of watercraft, conventional and otherwise. The result? The offspring of this rare blending is a highly entertaining travel memoir that is in equal measure informative, instructional and hilarious. When c..
15-Sep-2016
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Reel-life
Rosalea Ryan
THINK Sex and the City for the average lonely, directionless suburban woman: abundant sass, bawdy humour and a generous dose of outrageous sexual misadventure but without the extravagances of Manolos, Cosmopolitans and a Manhattan bachelorette pad all apparently paid for by a couple of hours’ ..
08-Sep-2016
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Camel riding
Rosalea Ryan
Reptile collector, camel expert, big-cat doctor, gazelle wrangler, antiques aficionado, father of five: Alex Tinson juggles disparate roles in balancing his career as a veterinarian and researcher with his pride in heading up a happily blended Australian-Emirati family. Raised on Sydney’s ..
02-Sep-2016
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Wild ride through the worst of zones
Bendigo Weekly
DEATH, disasters, destruction, disease: Peter Stefanovic has endured the worst imaginable circumstances in some of the world’s most dangerous places in the course of his employment as a television news journalist. In a sensitive yet self-deprecatingly humorous professional memoir, Stefanov..
25-Aug-2016
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A picture of art spaces
Dianne Dempsey
With maps and pens at the ready, local writer Lauren Mitchell and photographers Amy Doak and Brendan McCarthy went on a mission to find and capture the intriguing artists’ studios that lie hidden in and around the Bendigo district. The resultant book, Artist Spaces of the Victorian Gol..
18-Aug-2016
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Property Guide

Government hails Rail Freight Support Package

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 31-May-2011 9:58am

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The state government is hailing the $5 million Rail Freight Support Package, which will continue in 2011/12, as a big win for rural residents.

Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder said re
sidents would see fewer large trucks on single lane each-way roads such as parts of the Calder, Goulburn Valley, Princes and Western Highways.

“Victorian and southern NSW farmers and a wide range of country manufacturers or other businesses will also benefit from rail’s lower transport costs. There are many economic, social and environmental benefits from rail freight.

 

Mr Mulder said it was vital Victoria’s agricultural and manufacturing sectors have access to the lowest possible freight costs.

''The Port of Melbourne is Australia’s largest container port. The government wants to ensure that this remains the case.”

 

Transport operators have welcomed the announcement as one that would help to keep rail freight affordable and lower costs for farmers.

Mr Mulder said that the Rail Freight Support Package kept freight on rail and off Victoria’s roads.

 

“Victoria’s broad or standard gauge freight trains haul containers from Horsham, Merbein, Mooroopna and Warrnambool as well as Tocumwal in NSW. The Victorian Government wants to work in partnership with container terminal operators such as Wimmera Container Terminal at Horsham (who will move to Dooen), Wakefield’s at Merbein, Gray’s at Tocumwal and Wettenhall’s at Warrnambool who shift about 35,000 containers each year in total by rail”, Mr Mulder said.

 

“The government’s aim is to increase the amount of freight carried by rail in Victoria. Retention of the Rail Freight Support Package is one step along that journey,” Mr Mulder said.

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