My question is to the Minister for Public Transport.
The Grain Logistics Taskforce recommended the reopening of the Shepparton to Dookie rail line to enable the annual production of 120 000 tonnes of grain to be transported by train rather than truck directly to port.
Will the minister advise what steps have been taken or are anticipated within government to reinstate the 28-kilometre rail line that was suspended in 2007 during the severe drought and has been called for by the Dookie rail group, GrainCorp and the Rail Freight Alliance?
The Andrews Labor Government is aware the Dookie rail line is currently not available for use as the line was closed in 2007 due to its deteriorating condition. I am advised that GrainCorp has identified Dookie as one site in its Project Regeneration program. The Government will continue to liaise with GrainCorp on its project. The priority of re-opening the Dookie line relative to upgrading other sites across the State will be considered as part of this process.
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