Members Statement: In October 2014 when I sat in my legal practice office before I stood for election, I was well aware, along with most of the community, that better rail services were something that Shepparton desperately needed and would truly transform our city. So it was a great pleasure last Thursday to have the Minister for Transport Infrastructure travel to Shepparton to our railway station and announce the final $80 million investment that brings up to something like
$750 million the investment in rail for our region.
Back in 2014 we had been looking at Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong, the Latrobe Valley, with that huge investment in regional rail that had taken place during the decade before that, and were well aware that we had missed out. So it was very much a case of ‘Stand up, Shepparton. It’s our turn’. And so it is with great pleasure that I stand here today knowing that the funding that we need to deliver a service that will really benefit our communities so greatly has been delivered. There is a lot of work to be done. Stage 2 has just started to roll out and stage 3 is now fully funded so that there can simply be a roll-on of the project. This will lead to nine VLocity trains a day to and from Shepparton and Melbourne, delivering great speeds.