Infrastructure – Road and Rail
The sale of the Port of Melbourne for $6 billion led to investment in Victoria’s road and rail infrastructure through the $200 million state government established Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund.
The $200 million state wide fund will invest in enabling economic infrastructure and agriculture supply chains to boost productivity, increase exports and reduce costs so our farmers, businesses and industries can stay competitive.
This four year program allocated $175 million to infrastructure and $25m towards programs that promote market access, skills and jobs.
Core projects gaining investment from the fund are:
Stage Macalister Irrigation District Modernisation, $20m
- Build the Wimmera Doppler weather radar, $5m
- Extend the cattle underpass scheme as managed by the VFF
- Local Roads to Market Program to develop first/last kilometre local roads along key agriculture freight routes (First mile road investment) $25m
- Deliver an $8.5m co-investment towards GrainCorp’s $60m rapid rail loading equipment at nine Victorian sites
- $150 million for Major Capital Works for enabling infrastructure along agriculture supply chains.
The Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund (AIJF) is the state government’s commitment to farmers and agribusinesses to strengthen the performance and resilience of the agriculture sector. It is a key component of the government’s strategic direction to drive economic growth, create jobs and boost exports.
Funds will available up until 30 June 2019.
The VFF continues to lobby the State Government to funding access to support the improvement of road and rail infrastructure that ensure the timely and cost effective delivery of goods grown in rural and regional Victoria.