Call for road slow down
Joel Peterson
POSSIBLE reductions in speed limits on country roads will be the focus of work from Victoria Police after the results of Operation Nexus were handed down yesterday. Victoria Police’s deputy assistant commissioner Doug Fryer expressed disappointment in the behaviour of drivers over 13 d..
28-Apr-2017
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Legal aid cuts reversed
Sharon Kemp
CUTS to legal aid services in central Victoria were halted when Attorney-General George Brandis announced this week the government would restore funding to community legal services. Arc Justice, which operates the Loddon Campaspe community legal centre in Bendigo and another in Shepparton, h..
28-Apr-2017
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Dry winter looms after wet April
Joel Peterson
DESPITE the wettest April on record, central Victorians can still expect a dry winter according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Bendigo has recorded 113.2 millimetres of rainfall so far this month, the most ever recorded at the Bendigo airport weather station and the city’s wettest since..
28-Apr-2017
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Beehive work to start
Sharon Kemp
IN what will be a major boost for city traders, the first stage of restoration work on the former Bendigo Mining Exchange will begin within months. After delays that have forced the owners to renegotiate a variation to the works contract with the City of Greater Bendigo, project spokesman Gr..
28-Apr-2017
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Aspire lodges planning application
Sharon Kemp
THE Aspire Foundation has lodged a planning application with the City of Greater Bendigo to build Australia’s first faith-based tourist precinct, and will continue to lobby the federal government for funding. The foundation developing the precinct to be built at the base of the Sacred ..
28-Apr-2017
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Hard work rewarded for La Trobe graduates
Bendigo Weekly
ALMOST 800 graduands had their few minutes of fame on stage at the Ulumburra Theatre this week. Surinderjeet Saini, pictured, was one of the students who gathered with family and friends to celebrate their years of study in a wide range of courses, from dentistry to outdoor education, busin..
28-Apr-2017
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Exhibition reveals the inside story
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS from Bendigo are being given an exciting opportunity to learn about skeletons and how the body works, as part of a free exhibition at Bendigo hospital. The display includes information on sports injury prevention, the evolution of joint replacement, developments in the treatment of ..
27-Apr-2017
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Shortfall claimed
Bendigo Weekly
DEPUTY opposition leader Tanya Plibersek was impressed with Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s facilities when she toured the school this week, making her all the more concerned about possible funding shortfalls. Ms Plibersek toured the Ulumbarra Theatre and the school’s trade tr..
20-Apr-2017
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Rotary show is picture perfect
Bendigo Weekly
THE Rotary Club of Bendigo will present the 2017 Easter Art Show in the stunning surrounds of the Bendigo Town Hall from tonight. For the 49th consecutive year, the club is proud to offer this iconic event to the people of Bendigo, with tonight’s official opening also marking the start..
13-Apr-2017
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Clarification re Bendigo Health
Bendigo Weekly
A report in last week’s edition of the Bendigo Weekly included reference to the Bendigo Health annual report from 2011/12 which stated that the governance and remuneration committee (a board sub-committee), had included just two independent directors during the 2011/12 financial year..
07-Apr-2017
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Developers launch Fortuna homes
Sharon Kemp
FORTUNA Villa Estate is the latest of Bendigo’s medium-density housing prospects, on the market as of tomorrow after two years in the planning and designed to appeal to homebuyers who want to live near a piece of gold-era history. The Bendigo consortium which bought the 2.8 hectares of..
07-Apr-2017
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Lack of oversight from hospital board
Sharon Kemp
THE board of Bendigo Health failed to have the appropriate oversight on executive remuneration when chief executive John Mulder was allegedly receiving tax benefits as part of his salary by renting a house from his wife. The board may have breached Government Sector Executive Remuneration Pa..
31-Mar-2017
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Lane open for cycle art
Bendigo Weekly
Chancery Lane businesses are seeking submissions from artists to create a significant laneway artwork celebrating Bendigo’s cycling culture. The artwork is part of Bike Bendigo’s La Trobe University Project and will include installation of bicycle parking in the laneway. It..
27-Apr-2017
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Tractors at new show
Bendigo Weekly
THERE is a new event with real pulling power in Bendigo this month. Historic tractors and machinery fans will gather at the Prince of Wales Show Grounds on April 29 and 30 for a new swap meet. The show will include complete examples and restored or unrestored machines and parts for those..
20-Apr-2017
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MP adds to dragon collection
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’s federal MP has weighed into the Golden Dragon Museum’s new dragon campaign by buying a scale. The Golden Dragon Museum recently launched a funding campaign to raise $250,000 to restore the ageing Sun Loong and $500,000 to buy a new dragon, Dai Gum Loong. Lisa Cheste..
13-Apr-2017
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Maddison makes the cut
Bendigo Weekly
Shaving your locks at 16 is no mean feat but Bendigo Senior Secondary College student Maddison Schultz braved the razor for this year’s World’s Greatest Shave. The annual event attracts hundreds of participants each year and raises money and awareness for families facing blood ca..
06-Apr-2017
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Doctors strike a chord
Bendigo Weekly
A symphony orchestra made up of more than 80 doctors from around the country will perform its first ever Bendigo concert at Ulumbarra Theatre this Month. Event organiser and Bendigo-based orthopaedic surgical specialist, Travis Perera, said the event was a unique national assembly of talente..
30-Mar-2017
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Festival of cultures
Sharon Kemp
THE Bendigo Fesitval of Cultures has expanded from one day a year to more than a week of the multicultural events suggesting, as it states, diversity is becoming mainstream. Or at least interest in diversity has become the norm. The Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services drives the even..
23-Mar-2017
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W-Class rebuilt
Bendigo Weekly
Another historic W-Class tram is on its way back to Melbourne after being restored to its former glory by a dedicated team of Bendigo Tramways staff and volunteers. Minister for Public Transport and local member Jacinta Allan visited the Bendigo Tramways Depot and Workshop on Wednesday to se..
27-Apr-2017
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Word is out about Write Stuff
Bendigo Weekly
The Write Stuff, a collective of central Victorian-based writers, will come together this weekend in Bendigo for their second spoken word event. The Write Stuff #2 will take place on the ground level of MusicMan, 264 Hargreaves Street Bendigo on Sunday, starting at 3pm. It will run u..
20-Apr-2017
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Gem club meet a top day for rock fans
Bendigo Weekly
You can see the many facets of the Bendigo Gem Club at their open day on Saturday. The club’s Nathan Wingrave says he hoped the day, which runs from 10am to 2pm, would attract more members and help the community understand the services on offer. This includes faceting, casting, ca..
13-Apr-2017
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Golf game a winner
Bendigo Weekly
Business leaders throughout Bendigo and beyond will take the time to play golf today to transform the life of a child living with an autism spectrum disorder. Righteous Pups Australia’s Jo Baker said we live in a hustle-and-bustle age. “Most people feel like there is simply ..
06-Apr-2017
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Discover how the human body works
Bendigo Weekly
What’s the most complicated machine on earth? And here’s a hint – you are one of them. With their Fully Sick school holiday program, Discovery Science and Technology Centre will help you learn about your body, how illness affects us and how doctors can test our health. ..
30-Mar-2017
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Egg hunt makes a difference
Bendigo Weekly
Oden and Zander Goudie can’t wait to get among the fun and the sweet treats at the Vision Australia Easter Egg Hunt at the Bendigo Easter Festival on Good Friday. They already have tickets – and you can get yours now before they sell out, and support the work to enable people wit..
23-Mar-2017
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Courtney as Cline
Steve Kendall
Always…Patsy Cline is a tribute to the country singer who died in a plane crash in 1963, and it’s coming to Bendigo in June. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-ton..
27-Apr-2017
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Ethanol reborn
Simon Wooldridge
Guitarist Tyson Hodges is all set for the hugely-anticipated Ethanol reunion gig at the Golden Vine tomorrow. “We’ve played the Vine so many times over the years. It’s the perfect place for us to slip back into the groove,” he said. For many Bendigonians the name..
27-Apr-2017
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Kerr’s Cur cometh
Simon Wooldridge
IT’s a busy few months for Kerr’s Cur, the Bendigo-based garage-indie outfit. Launching double A-side single Whipy / What’s Going On? sees the trio embark on a Victoria-wide tour, which includes a stop-off at the Golden Vine, this Saturday, April 22. The single comes fr..
20-Apr-2017
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Tune in for the break
Simon Wooldridge
Bendigo has a big weekend of music in store to complement the city’s other Easter festivities. The Easter Blues Bender features more than 20 artists at venues across the city from Thursday evening through until Sunday. There are daytime family-friendly events in Rosalind Park and ..
13-Apr-2017
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Ali's a suitable girl
Simon Wooldridge
Ali Barter arrives in Bendigo next week on the back of glowing plaudits for her recent debut album, A Suitable Girl. She plays at the Star Bar on Thursday, April, 13. Barter’s sound isn’t easy to define. Think pop meets grunge with dance elements, and then throw-in some 199..
06-Apr-2017
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Nitro Circus is on the way
Bendigo Weekly
Nitro Circus is hitting Bendigo on April 8, and it’s the 260th showing of the event that has sold more than three million tickets across 26 countries. The Regional Rampage Tour is already aiming to smash records and reach new heights. The organisers say 12 semi-trailers will trav..
30-Mar-2017
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High hopes for Braves
Joel Peterson
A RETURN to a full-strength side is the boost that coach Ben Harvey hopes can kick start the Bendigo Braves’ campaign when Bendigo hosts Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence squad tonight. Bendigo has gone 3-3 as it battles injury to key personnel, but that record belies t..
28-Apr-2017
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Options aplenty in BFL squad
Joel Peterson
VERSATILITY and youth will be the two main traits of Bendigo’s interleague side to take on Ballarat next month. The BFL squad had its first training session on Wednesday at Castlemaine, with 25 of the 58 players named in attendance. While that number seems light on, Fitzpatrick sai..
28-Apr-2017
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WNBL on new screens
Joel Peterson
A RETURN to television is the first step in revitalising the Women’s National Basketball League, and now it is up to clubs and the league itself to capitalise on the opportunity. Broadcaster Fox Sports will televise at least one game live per week and has pushed the league to shorten i..
28-Apr-2017
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Thunder set to roll
Joel Peterson
A NEW-look Bendigo Thunder will tackle a new challenge on Sunday when the club begins its first season in the new Northern Football league’s women’s competition against Darebin Falcons. The Thunder has been shuffled to one of the metropolitan leagues in AFL Victoria’s restr..
21-Apr-2017
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Junior games kick off
Bendigo Weekly
THOUSANDS of junior footballers will hit fields around central Victoria this weekend as the Bendigo Junior Football League season kicks off with grading matches. A record 149 teams will be in BJFL competitions, including the new under-15 girls age group. A new club has also joined the le..
21-Apr-2017
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New home for Hawks
Joel Peterson
EAGLEHAWK will christen its new Canterbury Park clubrooms this weekend when it hosts Kangaroo Flat in round two of the Bendigo Football Netball League season. The clubrooms have been a year in the making for the Hawks and marks the biggest and most visible stage of council’s Canterbury..
21-Apr-2017
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Remembering those who fell
Bendigo Weekly
DESPITE an ominously wet eve, Anzac Day in Bendigo was a mostly dry affair for those who attended. Numbers at the dawn ceremony were comparable to previous events with most braving the risk of rain. Earlier in the week, BSE College held its pre-Anzac Day Commemorative Service and studen..
27-Apr-2017
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Roman baths revealed
Bendigo Weekly
THE latest chapter in the rejuvenation of one of Bendigo’s finest heritage assets was played out at Villa Fortuna on Wednesday afternoon. Before a small crowd of family, friends, tradespeople and the media, Fortuna owner Paul Banks announced the official completion of the villa’s..
20-Apr-2017
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Fans gear up for Street Rods
Joel Peterson
Bendigo will host the 23rd Australian Street Rod Federation Nationals this weekend. Street rodding is a family sport that will bring close to 15,000 participants and spectators to Bendigo over the Easter weekend. The event will be held at Prince of Wales Show Grounds this and more than ..
13-Apr-2017
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Revive and survive
Bendigo Weekly
CENTRAL Victorians have been urged to slow down, stick to the speed limit and take regular breaks throughout the Easter holidays. With drowsy driving a factor in one-in-10 road deaths, Easter is a particularly dangerous time with thousands of Victorians driving to holiday destinations, ofte..
13-Apr-2017
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Firefighters have winning ways
Bendigo Weekly
Two Bendigo firefighters have won gold at the 2017 Police and Emergency Services Games in Melbourne. Forest Fire Management Victoria district support officer Beth Miley and CFA firefighter Tegan Bubb competed in the Crossfit Women’s Pairs event last week. “Crossfit is a hi..
06-Apr-2017
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No hands creativity
Bendigo Weekly
Since 2002 CreateAbility has given people with disabilities the opportunity to express themselves on the meaningful platform art provides. From humble beginnings, CreateAbility has emerged as an integral part of the lives of those who participate to a Bendigo arts company exporting art pro..
30-Mar-2017
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Marketplace joins a classic
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Marketplace is backing this year’s Mother’s Day Classic by raising awareness of the event itself and encouraging registrations and fundraising for the cause. The centre is working with the local Mother’s Day Classic committee to promote the Sunday, May 14 event whi..
27-Apr-2017
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A new way to check
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW website gives added resources for property seekers. Developed in Melbourne over two years, off the back of the government’s initiative to foster innovation through open source data, Landchecker is a free tool available to anyone looking to do their due diligence on a property or ..
13-Apr-2017
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Charity house a haven
Bendigo Weekly
The Charity House, a year in the making, has been sold. The buyers, a young family, will be moving into their new house next week. The house racked up $100,000 in profit to go towards an education program for Sidney Myer Haven. The haven is an earn or learn living program which..
06-Apr-2017
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Trustees branch out
Bendigo Weekly
MELBOURNE-BASED Equity Trustees acquired its first regional trustee portfolio last week when the regulator finalised the $5 million purchase of Sandhurst Trustees’ estates business from Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. And Equity can see more business in Victoria’s central region given..
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Colour on the menu
Bendigo Weekly
MR DIMPLES and Hackney Hockney have more than interesting names in common, they are both featured mural artists at a burger restaurant. Boris Murgers in View Street has some pretty impressive wall art, and its main wall has some David Hockney-inspired work by Hackney. “I was born ..
30-Mar-2017
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Trivia night a winner
Bendigo Weekly
One of the most fun and rewarding quiz nights of the year will be held on Good Friday in aid of the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal. Bendigo Real Estate staff are selling tickets for this year’s quiz night which includes a charity auction to be conducted by BRE principal, Damien..
24-Mar-2017
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Stage two work starts
Bendigo Weekly
WORK started this week at Bendigo Hospital to begin demolition of the Kurmala building. Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan took to the tools and hopped on board a backhoe to start off the process. The stage two works of the Bendigo Hospital Project will also include the demolition o..
27-Apr-2017
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New look for blood donors
Steve Kendall
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service has a surprise in store for Bendigo’s blood donors with the service yesterday announcing a half a million dollar refurbishment to the Bendigo Blood Donor Centre. The refurbishment will see a substantial reconfiguration of the centre providing a mo..
20-Apr-2017
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No cross words over art
Bendigo Weekly
A CONTROVERSIAL art installation in the grounds of St Paul’s Cathedral has taken aim at the federal government’s policies on asylum seekers. Dean of St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, the Very Reverend John Roundhill told ABC Radio yesterday that the three crucifixes erected ear..
13-Apr-2017
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Cat-price pets to ease feline overflow
Bendigo Weekly
RSPCA Victoria is at capacity and will be reducing its cat adoption fees to $39 for four days this week in an attempt to find homes for 400 felines. Adoption fees are usually $120, but until Sunday, you can adopt a cat, aged four months or more, for $39 from the Bendigo centre. Kit..
06-Apr-2017
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New look for Napier
Sharon Kemp
THE future upgrade of Napier Street to a dual carriageway has created business interest in the northern side of Bendigo. There are at least four applications before the City of Greater Bendigo to establish new businesses or upgrade existing concerns. Under $30 million VicRoads plans, N..
30-Mar-2017
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Radio winners
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL radio station Bendigo’s Fresh FM has added another award to its impressive sporting history, taking out the Women’s National Basketball League award for Best Radio Coverage. The station has covered the Spirit since its inception into the league, and broadcast all of the clu..
23-Mar-2017
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Behind the beach facade
Rosalea Ryan
Ned has done the unthinkable: squandered his severely disabled sister’s entire insurance payout. It was an investment that should have supported Angela for the rest of her life, challenging though that existence is, but now the funds are gone – swallowed up by a childhood friend..
27-Apr-2017
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Torn in two
Rosalea Ryan
All Fall Down Cassandra Austin Penguin, $29.99 As if a typical tiny country town doesn’t have enough social divisions separating its people, now Mulukuk’s only bridge has collapsed, severing the sole physical link that once connected the dusty opal-mining communit..
20-Apr-2017
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Fair time to buy books
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Easter Book Fair is back this weekend. This is your annual chance to stock up on a year’s worth of books to keep you well read, at good prices too. It’s not only books either, you’ll find magazines, records, CDs and DVDs. This year the club has donated $..
13-Apr-2017
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Road No Good
Rosalea Ryan
When a well-travelled, energetic young middle-class New Zealander arrives in Luganville, Vanuatu, she sees immediately that it’s more than merely her street – the literally named Road No Good – that’s in need of improvement. Deployed to the country’s sec..
13-Apr-2017
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Recreation gone wrong
Rosalea Ryan
It has all the makings of a leisurely couple of weeks of sightseeing by day and sipping wine around a campfire at dusk – either that or a tension-filled nightmare in which four 30-somethings snap and snarl at each other as the ceaseless forced proximity sets tempers alight. When two co..
06-Apr-2017
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Questions asked
Dianne Dempsey
Marlene Gunn’s memoir is an elegy and a cry of pain for the death of her beautiful son Billy Gunn. Billy was handsome, smart, a Bendigo boy originally from Mildura, and he died at just 32 years old in 2001. More pertinently, her book is also an investigation into the circumstance..
30-Mar-2017
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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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