1 August 2018
Certainty required for Murray Basin Rail Project
The Victorian Farmers Federation Grains Group is calling on the Victorian Government to provide certainty
around the future of the Murray Basin Rail Project; a key rail freight infrastructure project for Victoria.
The $440 million project was anticipated to be completed by the end of 2018. However, the project has been
plagued by poor workmanship and slow travel times and there is now no firm commitment on a finish date.
“Despite assurances that a new timeline would be released, the Victorian Government has not provided
details on when the project will be completed. This is a once in a generation opportunity that we can’t risk
getting wrong as a result of poor management,” said Ross Johns, VFF Grains Group President.
The Murray Basin Rail Project is a major upgrade to Victoria’s rail freight network and will facilitate an
additional 500,000 tonnes of grain from the Wimmera-Mallee to travel to market each year.
“Going forward, there must be greater oversight by the Minister for Public Transport. It is unacceptable for
the Victorian Government to bungle such an important project. An efficient rail network is vital for the
Victorian grains industry to remain globally competitive,” said Mr Johns.
“While the VFF do not want to see construction rushed, potentially compromising the quality of the project,
farmers and industry need certainty around timelines to inform decisions for harvest and rebuild confidence
in the management of the project,” said Mr Johns.
Given the complexity of the planned works, the VFF Grains Group is calling on the State Government to
provide a detailed project timeline complete with milestones.
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About the VFF
The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is dedicated to representing the interests of farmers and making a
positive difference to their businesses and communities. We strive to create an environment for our
members, our farmers, that enables profitable, safe, sustainable production to ensure an enduring social
licence in a community that respects and values the sector.