Leech family upset by name choice
Sharon Kemp
THE family of Bendigo’s only Olympic gold medallist Faith Leech say they would not support the use of her name for anything other than the main $31 million aquatic facility being built in Kangaroo Flat. And the Kangaroo Flat Community Enterprise raising $1 million towards the cost will..
18-Aug-2017
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Nanga Gnulle preserved
Sharon Kemp
THE architecturally-designed mud-brick residence at the high profile former wedding venue Nanga Gnulle is set to be preserved among a proposed subdivision on the 1.9-hectare site in Strathdale but supporters are worried its heritage value will be lost. Cathy Spencer, who is behind the push t..
18-Aug-2017
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Screen a big win for racing
Bendigo Weekly
THE state government will help fund a giant screen at the Bendigo racecourse which will provide racegoers with uninterrupted views of all the on-course action. Racing minister Martin Pakula visited Bendigo Racecourse yesterday to confirm more than $160,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry ..
18-Aug-2017
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Trust a cash plus for bank
Joel Peterson
Bendigo and Adelaide Bank managing director Mike Hirst says a profit increase of more than four per cent is due to solid levels of customer trust and improved efficiency. The bank announced a $418.3 million cash profit on Monday, up 4.2 per cent on the previous financial year. It led to shar..
18-Aug-2017
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Change for Wellsford
Sharon Kemp
FIREWOOD harvesting in the Wellsford State Forest may be banned after the City of Greater Bendigo advocated that the land be changed to a national park. The 15-year battle to conserve Wellsford forest, extending north-east of Bendigo from the outskirts of its suburbs, will be influenced by t..
18-Aug-2017
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True blue push for awareness
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S Hargreaves Mall turned a shade of blue yesterday to raise awareness of prostate cancer and this year’s Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch community fundraiser. Coinciding with the 100-day countdown to the lunch with special guest Danny Green, a group of cancer survivors and a su..
18-Aug-2017
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Boost for homeless services
Bendigo Weekly
HAVEN Home Safe has received more than $5 million in state government funds to build and buy homes in Bendigo, Echuca, Geelong and Mildura, and provide support to the occupants of the properties. It is the first money to flow to a regional project after an initial round of $25m to house the ..
17-Aug-2017
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Budgie breeder reaches new heights
Sharon Kemp
ROBIN Kirby brings the same competitive spirit to budgerigar breeding and exhibition that made him a national champion in the adrenaline-charged sport of drag racing. The Lockwood resident was an Australian champion drag racer more than 15 years ago when the sport outshone all other motor sp..
11-Aug-2017
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More than halfway to new dragon - VIDEO
Bendigo Weekly
THE Victorian government has boosted by $250,000 the community fundraising account to buy a new Chinese dragon, taking the amount raised so far to more than $430,000. With Premier Daniel Andrews, tourism minister John Eren and Bendigo MPs Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards, the Chinese ..
04-Aug-2017
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Funds boost for dragon
Bendigo Weekly
THE community campaign for a new Chinese dragon will receive a significant boost today, with the state government expected to pledge $250,000 towards replacing Sun Loong. Premier Daniel Andrews and Tourism minister John Eren are scheduled to join local members Jacinta Allan and Maree Edwards..
04-Aug-2017
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A very timely reminder
Bendigo Weekly
THE answer to Vala Iannuzzelli’s persistent health symptoms came in the form of a letter from a gas heater repair company. Ms Iannuzzelli had not had an easy year, so when she thought she was having a stroke three weeks ago and blacked out in the early hours of the morning, she put it ..
27-Jul-2017
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Ladson says it's time to talk
Joel Peterson
HAWTHORN premiership player and Golden Square premiership coach Rick Ladson has called on families, community groups and local sporting clubs to make mental health part of their regular conversations. Ladson was a part of Hawthorn’s 2008 flag triumph before returning to local football ..
21-Jul-2017
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Activity the goal
Bendigo Weekly
A LOCAL group is spruiking the benefits of students walking or riding to school, something many local school children miss out on. The Active Travel Healthy Kids Community Network is presenting a free a workshop to help school communities support their children to walk and ride to school mo..
17-Aug-2017
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Sam the Story Tram returns
Bendigo Weekly
AFTER the success of last year, Sam the Story Tram has again hit the tracks in Bendigo this week. It is a part of the Bendigo Writers Festival for all ages, with school-aged children and adults alike sharing in songs, stories and rhymes. Led by tram conductor and storyteller Narelle Ston..
10-Aug-2017
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Balance in the force
Sharon Kemp
DESPITE women being a part of the Victoria police force for a century, it was only 30 years ago that female officers were able to carry a firearm on their hip, not in their handbag. And only a few years before that they were allowed to wear trousers. For Margaret Singe and Leesa Johnson,..
03-Aug-2017
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Council to advertise CEO position
Bendigo Weekly
THE contract of City of Greater Bendigo chief executive Craig Niemann will be advertised when it expires in December in line with sound business practice, not as a reflection of his performance, according to mayor Margaret O’Rourke. Mr Niemann has served in the positi..
28-Jul-2017
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Digging deep for the community
Bendigo Weekly
VIOLET Street Primary School’s students and staff will be making a difference in the Ironbark community when they participate in Schools Tree Day today. Grades five and six students from Violet Street are planting and maintaining the space at Ironbark Gully today as part of Schools Tre..
27-Jul-2017
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Orchestra travels to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Orchestra Victoria is in town this week with its Bendigo Festival and On the mOVe! Education program. More than 80 of the state’s top musicians are presenting a program of chamber music concerts, education programs and pop-up performances, culminating in a full orchestra performance..
20-Jul-2017
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Spread the word on liver health
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Health and Bendigo Community Health Services hosted a luncheon this week focussing on liver health and hepatitis. Members of the local Karen community attended the education session and luncheon which follows World Hepatitis Day that took place in late July. Those invited range..
17-Aug-2017
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Vic on target for militaria collectibles fair
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO collector Vic Lane has stories about the items that slipped through his fingers. But the retired production manager and owner of Allen and Lane Guns has a room full of collectibles including weapons, medals, newspapers, books and photos to show for his life time of collecting. Ah..
17-Aug-2017
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GREATER launches live
Sharon Kemp
A MAJOR health prevention strategy called GREATER, born in Bendigo after federal government funding dried up for Healthy Together programs, has gone live online. But the initiatives, which pivot around improving alarming rates of obesity, are already being seen in the community. From S..
11-Aug-2017
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Music showcase hits the right note
Bendigo Weekly
Next week will see some impressive evidence of the success of the Girton Grammar School music program. Over two nights on August 8 and 9, more than 600 students from the Junior and Senior Schools will take to the Ulumbarra stage in a vocal and instrumental showcase, likely to be the largest ..
03-Aug-2017
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Good life on show for Bendigo Writers Festival
Bendigo Weekly
Take the elegant spaces of Bendigo’s Ulumbarra Theatre, add in some of central Victoria’s finest providores, create a day-long program brimming with ideas and interesting people – and you’ve got the Bendigo Writers Festival’s Good Life Sunday event. The festival..
27-Jul-2017
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Students learn about work
Bendigo Weekly
THE first group of work experience students started at the Bendigo centre this month. This year’s program will see 50 students from 10 Bendigo schools participate in this hands on workplace learning experience at the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank between July and November this year. Th..
20-Jul-2017
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Fresh sound on tour
Bendigo Weekly
Byron Bay singer-songwriter Pete Murray is performing at Ulumbarra Theatre on Wednesday. It’s part of a tour for his sixth studio album Camacho. Murray has more than one million album sales to his name, and is the quiet achiever of Australian music. Determined to shake things..
17-Aug-2017
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Khan plus Lily and King
Simon Wooldridge
Next Saturday, August 26 sees two exciting, but hugely contrasting, gigs in Bendigo. Melbourne rock three-piece Khan are in town at MusicMan to promote Break Off Your Shells, the first single off their forthcoming debut album. They’ve had a busy 18 months or so, which has seen them..
17-Aug-2017
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Music masters
Sharon Kemp
FOR Tex, Don and Charlie, the motivation for their third album in 24 years came from performing together on stage in the intervening years... Don Walker for only one song per set and singing through the phone. On August 26, the band described commonly as an Australian supergroup and comprisi..
17-Aug-2017
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Music and other art
Simon Wooldridge
Rock ‘n’ roll, beer, art and tattoos are not entirely unfamiliar bedfellows. Bringing them together is perhaps quite obvious, but seemingly rare. But that’s exactly what the Sailor Jerry Origins of Originals touring exhibition is doing. After stops in Brisbane, Ne..
10-Aug-2017
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Cake on the road
Bendigo Weekly
My Friend the Chocolate Cake have hit the road on the back of the release of their newest album, The Revival Meeting.M Playing at the Theatre Royal, Castlemaine on Friday, August 18, triple ARIA winners MFTCC combine genres, images, instruments and lyrics rarely found in much of today’..
10-Aug-2017
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Vera Blue in the city
Simon Wooldridge
MusicMan hosts Bendigo’s first “In The Metal of Winter” festival next Friday, August 11. The event features seven top regional and Melbourne metal bands. “It will be a great opportunity to showcase some of the best metal the wider region has to offer,” Lia..
03-Aug-2017
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Braves legends signal exit
Bendigo Weekly
IT will be a new-look Bendigo Braves lineup that hits the floor next season, with two club legends on the way out. The Braves have lost more than 700 games of experience with Taylor Bell announcing his retirement at the club’s presentation night and captain Chris Hogan to take a year o..
18-Aug-2017
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Hit weekend for croquet
Bendigo Weekly
BARNARD Street will be a hive of sporting activity this weekend, with the third annual Bendigo Croquet Festival taking place across four days. The competition takes in golf and association forms of the game, the two most popular and well-recognised types of croquet. Australian croquet le..
18-Aug-2017
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Big round for title hopefuls
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Amateur Soccer League title race could come down to a standalone match on the season’s final day as Eaglehawk, Shepparton United and Shepparton South jostle for position. Eaglehawk is a point clear on top but has played one less game due to its match against Spring Gully Un..
18-Aug-2017
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Thunder strikes NCWL flag glory
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Thunder have been crowned the inaugural Northern Country Women’s League premiers after a dominant grand final performance capped a tremendous first season for the side. It was the first year in which the Thunder has fielded a reserves team, feeding into its senior side comp..
18-Aug-2017
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HDFL finals take off
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL rivals Huntly and White Hills will step up to the finals plate this weekend when they meet in the Heathcote District Football League’s elimination final. The Hawks have turned their season around after a horror start, while White Hills started strongly and has lost five of its pa..
18-Aug-2017
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Young trio joins the Spirit
Bendigo Weekly
The Bendigo Spirit has rounded out its roster for season 2017/18, announcing its three development players. Bendigo’s Jess Rennie returns for another season on the development roster after a strong campaign with the Bendigo Lady Braves. The sharpshooter did not hit the court last y..
18-Aug-2017
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Volunteer to help the Red Cross
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Red Cross Emergency Service is on the lookout for volunteers and will be holding sessions next weekend. There are more than 7000 volunteers across Australia, supporting individuals and communities to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters. Local v..
17-Aug-2017
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Good start for Kalianna
Bendigo Weekly
THE redevelopment of Kalianna School is a step closer after a contractor for the $15.6 million project was confirmed this week. Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards visited the school on Monday and announced that Colbrico Pty Ltd will carry out the construction of the project. The schoo..
10-Aug-2017
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Outlook forecasts dry end to winter
Bendigo Weekly
Sights like this are commonplace in late winter and spring, but those hoping for rain to help crops and gardens may not find relief in coming months. Bendigo recorded higher-than-average rainfall in July, but the Bureau of Meteorology’s latest outlook predicts below a..
03-Aug-2017
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Ranger to the rescue
Bendigo Weekly
PARKS Victoria ranger Lachie Badura came to the rescue last week when he found a young joey inside its mother’s pouch on the edge of a road through Bendigo Regional Park. Sadly, the mother had been killed by a car. Mr Badura removed the joey from the pouch and arranged to get it to..
27-Jul-2017
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Waving the flag
Bendigo Weekly
It was a proud moment on Monday for mother and son Clarencia and Berio Charley. Along with 52 other people from Myanmar, Thailand, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Britain, China, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, the Philippines, Vietnam and Micronesia, they were made Australian citizen..
20-Jul-2017
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Grants boost for NDIS plan
Bendigo Weekly
The Information, Linkages and Capacity Building grants are part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and aim to help people with a disability become better connected to their communities. La Trobe University and the City of Greater Bendigo council have received a combined $332,000 of ..
13-Jul-2017
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Early learning centre sets the standard
Bendigo Weekly
Jenny’s Early Learning Centre in Strathfieldsaye has been recognised as the first in greater Bendigo to achieve health promoting service status through completion of all six benchmarks of anachievement program. The program, delivered by Cancer Council Victoria and supported by the Vict..
17-Aug-2017
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Planning ahead
Bendigo Weekly
According to the Foundation for Young Australians the average young person will have 17 different jobs over five careers in their lifetime. It will also take on average 4.7 years to transition from full-time education to full-time work. The City of Greater Bendigo, La Trobe University a..
10-Aug-2017
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Art the right prescription
Bendigo Weekly
WORKS are on show at St John Of God Bendigo Hospital’s 11th edition of its annual art exhibition. The exhibition is run each year to raise funds for the hospital auxiliary, in which new equipment is then purchased for various wards of the hospital. Artists whose works are on displa..
03-Aug-2017
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Small business is a big deal
Bendigo Weekly
THE launch of the Bendigo Small Business Festival this week is an indication that the sector is as strong as ever in central Victoria. Small businesses from the region were invited to the launch on Wednesday at the Capital to learn about what to expect and what opportunities will be availabl..
27-Jul-2017
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A seamless transition
Dianne Dempsey
The couple behind Jimmy Possum furniture, Margot and Alan Splading, have re-invented themselves as the creators of a particular line in women’s fashion, Mimi The Label. They’re selling their owner-designed pieces online and through their shop which arguably is in the most promin..
20-Jul-2017
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Mapping out the past
Sharon Kemp
DOUG Stone has trudged through central Victoria’s goldfields more times than he can remember in more than 40 years of mapping, and he says he sees in the region the value of an undying interest in gold. The appeal that central Victoria still holds for prospectors continues to fill car..
20-Jul-2017
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Centre discovers potential
Bendigo Weekly
SCIENCE Week proved a week of innovation and celebration at Discovery Centre Bendigo this week. The centre scored a $55,000 state government grant to upgrade equipment and held events celebrating all things science throughout this week. The grant gives some of Bendigo’s brightest y..
17-Aug-2017
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Cypress trees face the chop
Sharon Kemp
A CONTEMPORARY Inge King statue and new deciduous trees will replace nine cypress canker trees, most in poor condition, that form an arch in front of the historic Bendigo Art Gallery building. The City of Greater Bendigo has provided a heritage impact statement for the proposed work because ..
11-Aug-2017
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New tram tells the city's oldest story
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW addition to Bendigo’s talking tram fleet telling the story of the city’s indigenous history hit the tracks this week. Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and Bendigo Heritage Attractions have partnered to create the new themed tram, which went into service this wee..
03-Aug-2017
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Wine, food and history uncorked
Bendigo Weekly
WHILE spring blossoms in Bendigo, a new event will showcase the best of the city’s heritage buildings while giving people the chance to enjoy the region’s best wine. Bendigo Uncorked Week is a new addition to Bendigo’s spring calendar and provides 10 days of food, wine and ..
27-Jul-2017
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Naked man seen in Bendigo
Dianne Dempsey
Author Robert Gott once had a crazy idea – what if you took illustrations from those old-fashioned Boy’s Own style books, and changed one of the characters? What if, instead of a striped blazer and flannel trousers, the hero was naked? He tried it, it was hilarious, and thus beg..
20-Jul-2017
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Radio station on track to win
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO-based community radio station Phoenix FM is in the running for two national broadcasting awards. The station’s Dawn Delaney earned a nomination for her World Music Safari – Sounds From Other Lands program and the station is also a finalist for the Community Broadcasting A..
13-Jul-2017
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Fitzgerald fiasco
Rosalea Ryan
Amid the chaos of a reported late-night mass shooting, with fire alarms squealing and campus security personnel preoccupied, Princeton University loses one of its most valuable assets: the original handwritten manuscripts of four of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous stories, spirited away ..
17-Aug-2017
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Home town tales
Bendigo Weekly
MUSINGS and thoughts of things past are always popular in Bendigo, and writer and artist Geoff Hocking has it down to a fine art. Mr Hocking has been writing and illustrating Bendigo Memories for 10 years in the Bendigo Magazine and has now published a book with some of those works. &ldq..
10-Aug-2017
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Animal attraction
Rosalea Ryan
FINDING an intelligent, attractive, available man in Melbourne isn’t easy, as crime-scene-investigator-turned-milliner Catherine Kint well knows. Finding an intelligent, attractive, available man who won’t, the morning after their first night together, allow himself to be mauled..
10-Aug-2017
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Cold War heats up
Rosalea Ryan
Vnukovo VIP airport, 1961: New York-based publisher Simon Weeks has just touched down in the United Soviet Socialist Republic, granted permission by the KGB to pay a brief visit to his brother and sister-in-law in Moscow, where the once-mainstream American couple now lives by choice behind Cold ..
03-Aug-2017
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Lifestyle lessons for Woofers
Rosalea Ryan
Where better to experience small-acreage self-sufficiency first-hand than in Italy: a country famed for its sun-ripened produce, luscious artisanal cheeses, plump piquant smallgoods and hearty pastas and breads? It’s this reasoning that motivates a family of four Australians to pack th..
27-Jul-2017
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The season for murder
Rosalea Ryan
A post-workday river cruise. A drug-spiked cocktail. A gossip-fuelling altercation between two of the host company’s top executives. Eleanor Brennan’s first taste of a Parker and Lane corporate Christmas party is one nobody at the book publishing house will ever forget. Elean..
20-Jul-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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