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Liberal Nationals to build High Speed Rail between Latrobe Valley and Melbourne

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will build European-style High Speed Rail between the Latrobe Valley and Melbourne, slashing travel times to 62 minutes. 

The Liberal Nationals’ plan for high speed rail between Latrobe Valley and Melbourne will more than halve travel times from a current time of 2 hours and 12 minutes to just 62 minutes – a saving of 70 minutes.

On a roundtrip, that’s a time-saving of 2 hours and 20 minutes every single day.  Or in other words, for someone who commutes daily on this line for work, they will save more than 23 days a year.   

Reaching speeds of 200 kilometres per hour, Victoria’s new High Speed Rail network will be the fastest in Australia.

The High Speed Rail project will see the rebuild of much of Victoria's current Class 1 track to 200 kilometres per hour operation as well as major track improvements on every other passenger rail line.

On the Gippsland line 200 km/h operations will commence from Traralgon, with express services stopping only at Morwell, Moe and Warragul. Of the duplicated track to Moe, currently one line is rated at 160 km/h operation and another for 130 km/h services. Under the Liberal Nationals’ plan both will be upgraded to 200 km/h operation, giving much easier, faster and reliable operation for all Gippsland trains.

The duplicated track will also be extended from the Waterloo Road level crossing in to Moe station where a second platform will be constructed.

The Liberal Nationals’ vision is to build a state of cities and not only be focused on Melbourne like the Labor Government is. 

But to build a state of cities we need to build European-style High Speed Rail connecting our regional centres and we need to grow regional jobs.   

That’s why we recently announced a Population Commission to manage population growth throughout Victoria and ensure that regional Victoria has the infrastructure and services needed to sustain that growth.

One of the most important functions of the Population Commission will be to ensure regions like the Latrobe Valley have the right number of doctors, hospital beds, teachers, healthcare workers and police to match population growth.

A Liberal Nationals Government will also fund new-generation, faster, inter-city flyers and long haul variants of the successful V/Locity trains which will provide better comfort and leg room, safety and amenity for passengers. 

At the core of the Liberal Nationals plan for a European-style high speed rail is the separation of the regional network from the metropolitan network thus increasing capacity and avoiding a 'dump and run' at the end of the suburban rail network. 

This project builds on the previously announced business case for dedicated regional rail lines from Pakenham to Caulfield by funding the design and construction of those lines.

Bringing Victoria’s cities closer together with European-style High Speed Rail is the cornerstone of the Liberal Nationals plan to decentralise our jobs and our population. 

Whilst Daniel Andrews and Labor have introduced 12 new taxes in the last four years, a Liberal Nationals Government will not introduce a new tax or levy to fund European-style High Speed Rail.

At an estimated total cost of $15 billion to $19 billion, this super-infrastructure project will transform regional Victoria and is affordable, sensible and realistic. 

That’s why construction of a European-style High Speed Rail in Victoria is also a nation building project that will attract funding from the state and federal government along with the private sector.

This new project will create much needed new jobs for the Latrobe Valley.  Under Daniel Andrews and Labor’s watch, unemployment in the Latrobe Valley has gone up from 6% to as high as 8.1%. 

Building a High Speed Rail network across Victoria will create at least 10,000 new jobs.

Add to that, another 19,000 new jobs to build the Liberal Nationals congestion-busting new highway and arterial road projects and that’s a total of around 30,000 new jobs.  Many of these 30,000 new jobs will be in regional Victoria.

Only the Liberal Nationals will decentralise our jobs and our population with a plan for the right population growth in the right areas at the right time.

 

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:

“I want to build a state of cities, not a city state. 

But to build a state of cities we need to build European-style High Speed Rail connecting our regional centres and we need to grow regional jobs and deliver more services to the regions like teachers, doctors, healthcare workers and police.   

European-style High Speed Rail will unite our cities and grow the whole state, not just Melbourne.”

 

Comments attributable to Leader of The Nationals, Peter Walsh:

“Daniel Andrews has been a Premier for Melbourne. A Liberal Nationals Government will be for all of Victoria, not just Melbourne.

High Speed Rail will bring our regional communities closer together, helping grow our regional economy, grow job opportunities, and grow services like more teachers, doctors, healthcare workers and police.

When we reduce travel times, we increase opportunities for people to live in one place and work in another.  

If we truly want to decentralise our state, we have to improve connectivity between our regional communities.”

 

Comments attributable to Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood:

“For 16 of the last 20 years Labor have been in Government.

In 2006 Premier Bracks promised a fast train for Gippsland and that same train today is slower than it was in 2005.

The Liberal Nationals Coalition are serious about delivering a state of the art, reliable rail service to Gippsland commuter who have for too long been treated like second class citizens.

We’ll ensure the plan is well developed, the funding is delivered and the project moves forward to fix this mess for regional commuters who rely on the service every day.”

 

Comments attributable to The Nationals Candidate for Morwell, Sheridan Bond:

“A High Speed Rail connection will deliver a massive boost for the Latrobe Valley, providing faster connection between our communities in Gippsland and Melbourne and supporting jobs and new opportunities in our local economy.

This is a plan that will secure our future and will get the Latrobe Valley economy growing again after four years of setbacks under Daniel Andrews and Labor.

Under our plan, people who commute will get where they need to be quicker, and at the end of a long day they’ll be back home with their families sooner.”

Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Morwell, Dale Harriman:

“Melbourne to Traralgon in 62 minutes is a game changer.

High Speed Rail is also going to take a lot of cars off the Princes Highway and the Monash Freeway to Melbourne and that will mean safer roads and that’s going to save lives.

This election will be a chance to vote for High Speed Rail for Latrobe Valley and to send Daniel Andrews a message that this region won’t be taken for granted any longer.” 

 

Making Albert Street Primary School safer

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will commit up to $150,000 to install security fencing around the perimeter of Albert Street Primary School. Albert Street Primary School has suffered from a series of site issues due to a lack of security fencing including vandalism, drug and alcohol litter being left at the site over weekends andContinue Reading

Liberal Nationals to support Olivia’s Place

The Liberal Nationals will provide a $200,000 boost to Olivia’s Place to support their important community work if elected this November. The Liberal Nationals are committed to supporting carers in our community. Olivia’s Place is a family support service established in 2012 focused on supporting families through pregnancy and early parenting for the first 12Continue Reading

Common sense approach needed on Wire Rope Barriers

The Liberal Nationals support properly placed and installed wire rope barriers. If done properly they can prevent some serious accidents and they can save lives.     We are concerned that the latest round of wire rope barriers are being installed in the wrong places and without proper planning and making some roads more dangerous insteadContinue Reading

Commuters Fed Up with Public Transport Under Andrews

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said complaints to his office regarding V/Line service punctuality on the Gippsland line had exploded in recent months.   The most recent report from V/Line showed short and long distance punctuality for Gippsland commuters were the worst for any region in Victoria, at 82.6% for short distance travel andContinue Reading

Call for Support to Alleviate Coming Kinder Squeeze

The closure of Bowen Park Kindergarten at the end of 2017 will place significant pressure on local kindergarten services Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has this week told State Parliament. In his address to the Legislative Assembly, Mr Blackwood said funding was urgently needed to help meet the loss of capacity with the closure ofContinue Reading

Active Club Grants Announced for Narracan

  Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today congratulated local sport and recreation clubs who have been successful in receiving funding from the Victorian Governments Active Grants program. Mr Blackwood said the grants would make a significant difference to local clubs who had been awarded funding. ‘Local sporting and recreation clubs are often reliant onContinue Reading

Lack of Detail in Labor Budget

The Victorian Labor Government’s Budget has again missed the mark in Narracan for a second consecutive year under Daniel Andrews.   Four local schools will see upgrades after being forgotten by the Labor Government in the 2015-16 State Budget however many of the upgrades won’t be seen until 2018-19 and funds allocated fall well shortContinue Reading

Andrews May Short Change Regional Communities Again

  State Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Andrews Labor Government to keep its word and deliver at least 10 per cent from the proceeds of the sale of the Port of Melbourne to regional Victoria for transport investment as promised just weeks ago. The agreement for 10% of the Port saleContinue Reading

West Gippsland Arts Centre Funding Welcomed

  Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today welcomed an announcement from the Victorian State Government that $4m would be delivered to Baw Baw Shire to assist in the redevelopment of the West Gippsland Arts Centre. The West Gippsland Arts Centre redevelopment forms part of the Baw Baw Shire Council’s long term strategy to develop theContinue Reading

Shade Grants for Local Schools Open

Local schools across the Narracan electorate are encouraged to apply for funding from the 2016 School Shade Grants Program which is now open. The grants program provides grants of up to $25,000 to Victorian Schools to develop shaded areas including the establishment of new shade, repair of old shade areas or assistance in creating naturalContinue Reading

Men’s Sheds 2016 Grants Program Opens

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, is encouraging applications to the 2016 Men's Sheds Program from Narracan communities to establish new, or refurbish existing Men’s Sheds. Mr Blackwood said Men’s Sheds play a vital role in local communities providing an exchange of skills and important meeting place for men. ‘Men’s Sheds are valuable community facilities thatContinue Reading

Cattle Underpass Program Funding Forgotten

  Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has questioned the Andrews Governments commitment to primary producers in regional Victoria following a statement made by the Minister for Agriculture relating to the funding of the Cattle Underpass Program. On the 17th September 2015 the Minister for Agriculture in reply to a Question Without Notice in the Legislative Council stated;Continue Reading

Disability Grants Open

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, is encouraging disability self-help groups to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to increase the independence and community participation of people with disabilities.   “Grant funding is provided for a variety of practical purposes including general expenses, running costs, and minor works or equipment,” Mr Blackwood said.   “ThereContinue Reading

Blackwood Congratulates Crime Prevention Project

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today congratulated the Labertouche & District Community Centre on being a successful applicant for funding from the 2015-16 Community Safety Fund. Mr Blackwood said the Community Safety Fund supported local communities across Victoria in implementing crime prevention projects. “I congratulate the Labertouche & District Community Centre on their projectContinue Reading


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2018
Oct
03
Liberal Nationals to build High Speed Rail between Latrobe Valley and Melbourne
“ An elected Liberal Nationals Government will build European-style High Speed Rail between the Latrobe Valley ...”
Aug
17
Making Albert Street Primary School safer
“ An elected Liberal Nationals Government will commit up to $150,000 to install security fencing around ...”
Jul
05
Liberal Nationals to support Olivia’s Place
“ The Liberal Nationals will provide a $200,000 boost to Olivia’s Place to support their important ...”
Feb
14
Common sense approach needed on Wire Rope Barriers
“ The Liberal Nationals support properly placed and installed wire rope barriers. If done properly they ...”
2017
Oct
18
Commuters Fed Up with Public Transport Under Andrews
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said complaints to his office regarding V/Line service punctuality ...”
Sep
22
Call for Support to Alleviate Coming Kinder Squeeze
“ The closure of Bowen Park Kindergarten at the end of 2017 will place significant pressure ...”
2016
Jun
03
Active Club Grants Announced for Narracan
“   Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today congratulated local sport and recreation clubs who have ...”
Apr
27
Lack of Detail in Labor Budget
“ The Victorian Labor Government’s Budget has again missed the mark in Narracan for a second ...”
Mar
24
Andrews May Short Change Regional Communities Again
“   State Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Andrews Labor Government to keep ...”
11
West Gippsland Arts Centre Funding Welcomed
“   Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has today welcomed an announcement from the Victorian State Government ...”
Feb
26
Shade Grants for Local Schools Open
“ Local schools across the Narracan electorate are encouraged to apply for funding from the 2016 ...”
Jan
19
Men's Sheds 2016 Grants Program Opens
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, is encouraging applications to the 2016 Men's Sheds Program from ...”
2015
Oct
21
Cattle Underpass Program Funding Forgotten
“   Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has questioned the Andrews Governments commitment to primary producers in ...”
Sep
25
Disability Grants Open
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, is encouraging disability self-help groups to apply for grants of ...”
08
Blackwood Congratulates Crime Prevention Project
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today congratulated the Labertouche & District Community Centre on ...”


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