MEMBER for Western Victoria, Joshua Morris and Shadow Minister for Regional Development, the Hon Damian Drum, have called on the Andrews Government to use a portion of the proceeds from the Port of Melbourne lease to improve Ballarat rail services.
At the insistence of the Liberal National Coalition, up to $700 million from the Port lease will be spent in regional Victoria. “The government’s original plan to spend all the proceeds of sale in Melbourne, but after months of negotiation we have ensured that regional Victoria will not be ignored,” Mr Drum said. “The lease of the Port is an opportunity for key regional projects to be funded and Ballarat’s troubled V/ Line services should be a priority.”
Mr Morris said that local commuters were fed up after months of chaotic, unreliable and dysfunctional V/Line service under the Andrews Government. “Thanks to strong advocacy from the Liberal National Coalition the Government has the capacity to look at a range of improvements for Ballarat commuters,” Mr Morris said.
“A key frustration for commuters is the ongoing overcrowding, especially on evening services heading home to Ballarat from Southern Cross.” “The Government has an opportunity to finally make the Ballarat line a priority and I urge them to take it.”