Home push for Lansell
Bendigo Weekly
COUNCIL voted on Wednesday night to allow Birchgrove Property to build more than 65 homes on land in Lansell Street. Councillor Elise Chapman said the development was innovative in its approach to creating smaller and more affordable homes. Cr Chapman has in the past voiced her support f..
01-Jul-2016
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Kangaroo Flat development plan overturned
Bendigo Weekly
CONCERNS about drainage and losing a sense of place saw councillors overturn a motion to support development of a 34-lot Kangaroo Flat subdivision. In a move that effectively puts an end to building on the block, councillors on Wednesday night rescinded the earlier motion approving developme..
01-Jul-2016
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Council wastes vision
Sharon Kemp
THE City of Greater Bendigo’s waste policy was flawed, expensive and excessive, councillor Peter Cox argued on Wednesday night. As councillors debated awarding two multi-million-dollar waste disposal contracts including a seven-year organics collection deal, officers came under fire fo..
01-Jul-2016
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Chesters ruffles feathers over 457 visa workers
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO MP Lisa Chesters has touched a nerve by warning local employers Labor would crack down on companies using temporary overseas workers. Ms Chesters, the federal member for Bendigo, said too many local jobs over the past three years had gone to temporary overseas workers on 457 visas, b..
01-Jul-2016
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Pollies gear up for election day
Sharon Kemp
ONE of these two women will be the next representative in the federal electorate of Bendigo if past voting trends are repeated this weekend. Labor’s Lisa Chesters has the advantage of experience – three years in the seat – albeit in opposition. But incumbency may not gu..
01-Jul-2016
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Marong still in play
Sharon Kemp
THE Marong farmers at the centre of the land acquisition fight for an industrial park have at least two years before the City of Greater Bendigo makes any move to compulsorily buy their land. The Carter family could be excused for thinking their decade-long battle with the council was over i..
01-Jul-2016
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Tyler takes his role to heart
Bendigo Weekly
Kissing three to four girls is going to be the highlight of the production for Oklahoma cast member and aspiring actor Tyson Peautagitama. Nexus Bendigo Youth Theatre will be performing Oklahoma from July 21 at The Capital Theatre, with four shows and a cast of 63 they hope the show will be..
01-Jul-2016
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Change to help jobless
Sharon Kemp
CONVERTING 40 casual Centrelink positions to full time work would fix waiting times for clients and provide job security for workers, according to Labor candidate Lisa Chesters. Ms Chesters announced the initiative as she finished the second last week of campaigning in Bendigo. The incum..
01-Jul-2016
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Labour of love
Dianne Dempsey
Two friends, Helen Garner and Arnold Zable, will be brought together at this year’s Bendigo Writers Festival discussing the “sheer bloody labour” of writing. “I think nobody but another writer understands the labour involved in writing,” Zable..
30-Jun-2016
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Life FM appeals to listeners
Bendigo Weekly
AS Bendigo radio station Life FM prepared to launch its twice-annual appeal, it tax deductability status came through. And as general manager Gaelle Broad worried this week about falling behind the $30,000 fund raising target, a listener called in with a $2000 donation. Life FM has grown..
24-Jun-2016
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Jobless welcome new work promises
Bendigo Weekly
BOTH major political parties are promising jobs growth if elected, and to some, it’s none too soon. Bendigo jobseekers Jack Surplice 20, and Aiden Wellard 18, have experienced the same troubles when it comes to finding part-time work in the area – there is none. Jack is stud..
24-Jun-2016
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Schools reward their best
Bendigo Weekly
YOUNG people from across the Sandhurst Diocese attended the Bishop Joe Grech Youth Scholarship lunch at the Catholic Education Office in Bendigo on Wednesday. Catholic Education Sandhurst director Paul Desmond said although the scholarship had been awarded since 2011 this was only the second..
24-Jun-2016
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Addams Family on this weekend
Bendigo Weekly
Addams Family is just the ticket, showing at Ulumburra. Review in next week's Weekly 7:30pm Friday, 2pm and 7.30pm 2pm, Sunday..
01-Jul-2016
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Courtesy for trams
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo mayor Rod Fyffe has joined forces with Bendigo’s tram drivers to appeal to all road users to show courtesy and understanding when crossing paths with oncoming trams. As Bendigo’s roads become busier, tram drivers are reporting having to wait for up to 10 traffic light cyc..
24-Jun-2016
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Award for O'Hoy
Bendigo Weekly
Passionate Bendigo historian Dennis O’Hoy was made a member of the Order of Australia this week for his great contributions to local history and education. Mr O’Hoy spent 40 years working in education at the Bendigo campus of La Trobe University, where he was head of the School ..
17-Jun-2016
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Water the focus for schools
Bendigo Weekly
STUDENTS from Huntly Primary School were up the creek this week on a special excursion. They were busy for a few hours at the Bendigo Creek in Huntly with the Northern Bendigo Landcare Group. The activities were designed to help the students explore and understand key river or creek heal..
17-Jun-2016
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Scientific future mapped out
Bendigo Weekly
Students Maya Mann and Ruby Stone are two of 48 science students selected to take part in a national residential science conference to take place at Brisbane University in July. The Girton Grammar School year 11s were selected from applicants all over Australia, making them eligible to take..
10-Jun-2016
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Marilyn's birthday splash
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S towering eight metre sculpture of Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe was this week given a spruce up to commemorate her 90th birthday. Bendigo CFA brigade members washed the Seward Johnson sculpture Forever Marilyn on Wednesday, before Victorian Tourism and Major Events Minister J..
03-Jun-2016
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Diversity in art on show
Bendigo Weekly
One of the highlights of NAIDOC Week is the Knuldoorong Art Exhibition which will be held this year at Dudley House in View Street. The exhibition showcases the work of a diverse group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Aboriginal artist Samantha James will be exhibiting he..
01-Jul-2016
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New at the top
Bendigo Weekly
THE stately Fortuna Villa will host this weekend’s historic Rotary Club of Bendigo changeover dinner, with prominent business identity Glenn Reilly set to take the reins. Mr Reilly is a second generation Rotarian, and takes over from outgoing president Larrie Winzar. “It&rsq..
17-Jun-2016
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Nationals draw top spot on ballot
Sharon Kemp
A BALL draw has determined the four mainstream political parties running in Bendigo will fill the top five positions on ballot paper when voting for the Federal election begins on Tuesday. Significantly, the two second tier parties - the Nationals and the Australia Greens - will fill the top..
10-Jun-2016
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Sporting win for clubs
Bendigo Weekly
TWELVE Central Victorian sports and recreation clubs can kit up after winning grants in the latest round of VicHealth’s Active Club Grants. The grants are a traditional source of funding for local clubs and this year they shared in almost $1 million given out statewide. The Bendigo..
10-Jun-2016
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Safety first for cyclists
Bendigo Weekly
The City of Greater Bendigo will complete works at one of the city centre’s busiest roundabouts in an effort to make it safer for cyclists. City of Greater Bendigo Engineering and Public Space Manager Brett Martini said work on the Williamson Street/Mollison Street roundabout included ..
03-Jun-2016
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Angela is top class at plain speaking
Bendigo Weekly
BSSC student Angela Stevens has won the regional final of the VCAA Plain English Speaking Awards held at Girton Grammar on Monday evening. BSSC PESA coordinator David van Es said it was a spectacular effort by Angela to win the regional final. “Against formidable opposition she d..
27-May-2016
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Fun-filled party with the band
Simon Wooldridge
THEY’RE busy boys, The Bennies. Just back from a European tour, in the middle of their second major Australia tour of the year and off to Europe again in October. They’re playing at Musicman in Bendigo on Sunday, July, 3. For the uninitiated, a Bennies gig is essentially a noisy,..
01-Jul-2016
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Hughsey's on the road
Bendigo Weekly
COMEDIAN Dave Hughes says he knows the joys of growing up in country Victoria and it helps when playing to regional audiences. Hughesy certainly gets his easy-going humour from his Warnambool origins, and is returning to Bendigo on August 27 with his new show Sweet at the Ulumbarra Theatre. ..
30-Jun-2016
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Dami’s road from Eurovison to Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
By Natasha MacFarlane THERE has been no slowing down for Dami Im since her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Dami’s hugely successful performance of her song Sound of Silence came in at number two in the final point score tally, pushing her even further into the E..
24-Jun-2016
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Vote 1 for Kerr’s Cur
Simon Wooldridge
ELECTION day, Saturday, July, 2 is just about the perfect day for local indie band Kerr’s Cur to showcase tracks from their forthcoming debut album, Vote 1, Kerr’s Cur, at Bendigo’s Musicman. “We’re very excited about playing on Election Day. It’s like t..
24-Jun-2016
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Slam time a musical hit
Simon Wooldridge
Music Slam #7 at Musicman was absolutely pumping with hundreds of alternative music fans over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. I caught 15 of the 90 bands on two of the three days. Cameron Holmes and the Blues Dudes kicked off my Friday evening with their distinctive brand of he..
17-Jun-2016
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Step out for a night with Giselle
Bendigo Weekly
The Australian Ballet Regional Tour will perform Giselle at the Ulumbarra Theatre in July. Giselle has enthralled audiences since its creation in 1841, with its heartbreaking love story, famous mad scene, sea of ghostly white tutus and impressive display of ballet technique. The lead role ..
03-Jun-2016
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Friday night lights for cup
Joel Peterson
Aston Bolero will start a short-priced favourite for Friday’s Group Two 3BO FM Bendigo Cup. Heats for Friday’s final were held on Sunday, with Unlawful Entry clocking the fastest time over the 425-metre distance. Aston Bolero was next quickest, with Traralgon Cup winner Pante..
01-Jul-2016
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City strikes
Joel Peterson
AFTER four consecutive matches undefeated in a season-best run of form, Bendigo City tackle their nearest National Premier Leagues Victoria rival on Saturday in an attempt to continue their newfound momentum. City scored a 4-2 win over Nunawading City last weekend at home as both clubs celeb..
01-Jul-2016
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International squash tournament a return ace
Joel Peterson
THE biggest event on the Bendigo Squash Club’s calendar returns to Barnard Street this month when the Bendigo International Squash Championships are held from July 29 to 31. The three-day event will see players within the world’s top 100 hit out in Bendigo, as well as providing d..
01-Jul-2016
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Kobe's big move pays dividends
Joel Peterson
IN the last three years, football has taken Kobe Mutch everywhere from South Africa to Florida and even to the hallowed turf of the MCG on grand final day. Even with all the glitz and glamour of Florida and the theatre of AFL grand final day, his most important journey may have been one of t..
24-Jun-2016
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BTA serves up award winning event
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Tennis Association’s award-winning Bendigo Bank Winter Junior and Australian Money Tournament kicks off on Monday. The joint event is the BTA’s biggest of the year and will see 385 participants in action at the Nolan Street courts from Monday, June 27 to Friday, July ..
24-Jun-2016
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Stars line up for association titles
Joel Peterson
KANGAROO Flat’s Karly Elvey will lead the Bendigo Football Netball League in this weekend’s Netball Victoria Association Championships in Melbourne on Sunday. Bendigo finished third in the corresponding event last year and takes a balanced squad to the State Netball and Hockey Ce..
23-Jun-2016
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Spider orchids have a new home
Bendigo Weekly
So fragile and endangered is the yellow-lipped spider orchid, a reintroduction program limited the number of volunteers who could be involved in planting 110 of the species in the Kooyoora State Park near Inglewood last weekend. Only three of the plants were known to grow in the park and sur..
24-Jun-2016
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Win for footy club
Bendigo Weekly
Maiden Gully Junior Football Club has scored a win, receiving a community sector grant from the federal government. The grants aim to make the work of volunteers easier, safer and more enjoyable. Visiting the club to announce their grant, Liberal candidate for Bendigo Megan Purcell sai..
17-Jun-2016
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The shared passion
Dianne Dempsey
Wherever we turn there are TV cooking shows, cooking books, celebrity chefs, restaurants, pop-up restaurants and take-away restaurants. Apparently it’s the food that is taken away, not the restaurant. There is fast food, slow food, organic food, vegan food, local food, international f..
10-Jun-2016
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Fun features for fifth festival
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Writers Festival will reveal its program for this year’s blockbuster event next week, with anticipation already building. Festival director Rosemary Sorensen told the Weekly to expect an even more star-studded line up with a couple of surprises and innovations. “This ..
27-May-2016
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Hands up to help
Bendigo Weekly
VOLUNTEERS have been recognised for their labours at morning teas throughout the week. The City of Greater Bendigo toasted its 580 volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week. The week runs until today, with the theme Give Happy, Live Happy. The council held a volunteers morning te..
13-May-2016
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Call out for food
Steve Kendall
UNITINGCARE Bendigo is calling on locals to raid their food pantry in a bid to help record numbers of people who are struggling with the rising cost of living. It comes after an increasing number of families, singles, children, welfare recipients and the elderly are turning to the communi..
22-Apr-2016
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Labor backs rail company
Sharon Kemp
LABOR has announced two manufacturing support initiatives in Bendigo designed to protect regional jobs. Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters said a national procurement strategy would secure work for a local rail manufacturing industry that people thought was lost. At the East Bendigo workshop of ra..
17-Jun-2016
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Rail upgrade adds worker flexibility
Sharon Kemp
MORE frequent and reliable trains could encourage businesses to relocate to Bendigo as well as make rail commuting to Melbourne easier for central Victorians. La Trobe University senior lecturer in community planning Andrew Butt said most of the data collected showed more people commute t..
10-Jun-2016
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Caravan show under cover
Bendigo Weekly
THE Caravan Camping and Leisure Roadshow has moved indoors for winter, but it still offers the same choice. The show features caravans, campers and four wheel drives and is aimed at those with outdoor leisure in mind. This is an all under cover show, with more than 200 leading brand new..
26-May-2016
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Minister backs local apparel
Sharon Kemp
DEFENCE minister Marise Payne has emphasised the export potential of Thales’ Bendigo-made Hawkei military vehicle during a visit to the company’s production facility in Junortoun with Liberal candidate Megan Purcell. Labor and Liberal are playing tug of war over credit for the $1..
20-May-2016
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Grill’d cooks up tasty fundraiser
Steve Kendall
THis year there’s an extra reason to be part of Grill’d Bendigo’s fundraiser. Now at its sixth event, the burger firm will be running its biggest community fundraising event ever. If $15,000 is raised, Grill’d founder Simon Crowe will match every dollar with a per..
13-May-2016
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Jobs win with new store
Bendigo Weekly
ALDI Epsom opened this week with a fanfare. The store will provide the community with award-winning grocery products and popular biweekly special buys, together with fresh fruit, vegetables and bread delivered daily. “Epsom residents can discover the Aldi difference,” a spok..
15-Apr-2016
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Plan change
Bendigo Weekly
PLANNING minister Richard Wynne has approved changes to the Greater Bendigo Planning Scheme to help protect and enhance heritage buildings and reduce permit requirements for owners. Developed by council staff, the changes mean that minor planning matters will no longer require a planning per..
17-Jun-2016
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Chrysler fans gear up for a big weekend
Bendigo Weekly
As the Queen’s Birthday long weekend approaches the Central Victorian Chrysler Club are preparing for Chryslers, Valiants, Dodges, Plymouths and DeSotos to descend on Bendigo for the 10th Annual Midstate Mopars show and shine. With nine successful years behind them, Midstate Mopars is ..
10-Jun-2016
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Appy days for Vahland fans
Bendigo Weekly
Architect William Charles Vahland was a definitive character in Bendigo’s history and now his grand designs are open 24/7 in virtual form to the public in the city. The City of Greater Bendigo this week launched an app that once downloaded will send an alert, a location guide and infor..
03-Jun-2016
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A taste of the region
Bendigo Weekly
Join the Bendigo wine region on July 4 and 5 to discover the mystery and romance of winemaking with exclusive barrel tasting sessions at participating wineries. Like eating cherries from the tree or bread just out of the oven, the Barrel Tasting weekend offers the ability to taste wine right f..
19-Jun-2015
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Sharing cooking secrets
Bendigo Weekly
A VARIETY of hands-on specialist cooking classes will be hosted by the Country Women’s Association of Victoria on Saturday May 30 when they visit Bendigo for their state conference. The CWA will be sharing their cooking knowledge and secrets throughout three masterclasses including making sp..
15-May-2015
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Wagyu in a showcase
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo steakhouse restaurant The Woodhouse will present a six course regional wagyu beef showcase dinner on May 21. It’s a special event featured in the Australian Financial Review Top 500 best restaurants awards program. Finalists have been invited to present an event during May, ..
24-Apr-2015
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Roadtrip of Discovery
Rosalea Ryan
AT the age of 19 Tara Winkler travels to Cambodia for the first time as an add-on to a roadtrip centred primarily on Thailand and Laos. It turns out to be a confronting experience. In one of the lesser-known Cambodian cities she encounters apparently parentless children cramped together in s..
24-Jun-2016
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Reading on track
Rosalea Ryan
FORTY-NINE individual train journeys covering almost 36,000 kilometres through 22 countries on five continents – surely there must be a story or two worth telling in all that? There’s an entire book, in fact, presented in colourful, bewitching and often-humorous fashion by Britis..
17-Jun-2016
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The food of life
Rosalea Ryan
The Umbrian Supper Club Marlena de Blasi Allen & Unwin $29.99 TAKE five women, one rustic makeshift kitchen and one shared weekly meal. Blend with tenderness, add a liberal pinch or two of understanding and season generously with love. This is the do..
03-Jun-2016
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Memoir of a life in turmoil
Rosalea Ryan
Leaving Before the Rains Come Alexandra Fuller Vintage $22.99 GROWING up in the backblocks of rural Zambia, surrounded by the turmoil and terror of Rhodesia’s civil wars and the constant uncertainty of post-colonialism, life is never dull for Alexandra Fuller...
26-May-2016
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Waxing lyrical in Brazil
Rosalea Ryan
In Brazil Fran Bryson Scribe $32.99 With anticipation of this year’s Olympics now on everyone’s lips it’s hardly surprising that the games’ host, Brazil, is attracting more than its usual share of international attention. Through a series o..
20-May-2016
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The other ship
Rosalea Ryan
The Midnight Watch David Dyer Penguin $32.99 A crystal-clear, moonless night, an iceberg and not one but two ships steaming at full speed into danger: they’re as thrilling a combination of ingredients as any writer could dare to dream up. The plot to..
13-May-2016
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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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