Funding for road and rail projects in budget

The Central Goldfields Shire has received over $800,000 in “vital” roads funding in this week’s federal budget and is set to benefit from an additional $240 million investment into the Murray Basin Freight Rail Project.

Speaking to The Maryborough District Advertiser, Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said the 2018- 19 budget, which was announced on Tuesday, delivers a number of investments for Wannon and the Central Goldfields Shire, including a $300,000 grant to the Central Goldfields Shire Council for the Porteous Road bridge replacement and $550,000 for projects as part of the Roads to Recovery program.

“The Central Goldfields Shire has faired very well in this budget. The funding for the Porteous Road bridge replacement is a very good outcome as well as $500,000 from the Roads to Recovery program,” he said.

“This roads funding is absolutely vital.”

Mr Tehan said the Roads to Recovery funding is part of a four- year rolling program which will see nearly $5 million in federal government funding invested in the shire.

“The budget has also included a $240 million investment to the Murray Basin Freight Rail Project, to continue the completion of the project, which is important to the Central Goldfields Shire, particularly with the re-opening of the Maryborough to Ararat line,” he said.

For more on this story see Page 3 of The Advertiser, Friday, May 11.

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