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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.” 

 

Liberal Nationals to rebuild Drouin Police Station

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will build a new Drouin Police Station including the capacity for increased police numbers and opening hours in the future. A Matthew Guy Liberal Nationals Government will commit $6 million to give Victoria Police the infrastructure and resources it needs to keep the Drouin community safe. For too long, localContinue Reading

Liberal Nationals to upgrade Neerim District Secondary College

An elected Liberal Nationals Government will deliver $3 million to upgrade Neerim District Secondary College.   The College has remained largely unchanged since its establishment in 1963 and the commitment will allow the school to upgrade a range of classrooms and modernise the learning environment to achieve the best outcome possible for students.   AContinue Reading

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

Premier Called on to Support West Gippsland Hospital

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has launched a direct plea with the Premier regarding the future of the West Gippsland Hospital. Speaking in the Victorian Parliament this week Mr Blackwood said the time had come for the debate to move beyond partisan politics and for the communities needs to be prioritised when it came toContinue 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

Where’s the Funding? Certainly not in West Gippsland from Daniel Andrews Final State Budget

Daniel Andrews and the Victorian Labor Government have thumbed their nose at Narracan residents in the final State Budget which was handed down today before this year’s Victorian Election in November. Speaking today, Mr Blackwood said the decision by Daniel Andrews to fund not one cent towards a new West Gippsland Hospital would be condemnedContinue 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

Petition Launched for New Drouin Police Station

Drouin Police Station – Click to download the petition Local residents are being asked to give their support to a petition calling for a new Drouin Police Station to be funded by the Andrews Government in the upcoming May State Budget. Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood launched the petition this week with Shadow Minister for PoliceContinue 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

Labors Ideological Power Strategy Failing Victorian Businesses

Businesses are beginning to feel the pinch as power prices skyrocket following the closure of Hazelwood by the Andrews Labor Government earlier this year. Speaking in Parliament, Mr Blackwood said that an ideological approach by Daniel Andrews towards energy generation was having a massive impact on the cost of doing business in the state. ‘RecentlyContinue Reading

Inquiry Reveals Councils Struggling to Meet Roads Costs

The Parliamentary Inquiry into the Sustainability and Operational Challenges of Victoria’s Rural and Regional Councils has heard this week that country councils are struggling to meet the high costs of maintaining their roads network. Giving evidence to the inquiry this week, Local Government Victoria confirmed that rural councils have a disproportionately large volume of infrastructureContinue Reading

Population Taskforces Moves Forward in Gippsland

A policy framework to help guide Victorian population growth is being developed by the Victorian Liberal National Coalition. Member for Kew and chair of the Taskforce, Tim Smith, met yesterday with business leaders and community members in Traralgon and later spoke with the Committee for Gippsland in Warragul. Nationals Member for Eastern Region Melina BathContinue Reading

Call for Minister to Review Public Transport Failings

Gippsland rail commuters are suffering through constant delays, cancellations and replacement buses it has been revealed this week. Speaking in State Parliament this week, Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood said commuter complaints to his office had increased dramatically under the Andrews Labor Government and that frequently those complaints related to the clear lack of reliabilityContinue Reading

Six Months on, Labor Still Not Committed to West Gippsland Hospital’s Future

Today marks six months since the Matthew Guy and the Victorian Liberal National Coalition committed to delivering a new West Gippsland Hospital with no sight of Labor matching that commitment or even announcing what it plans to do into the future to grow the service. August 13 will also mark 1,000 days since Labor announcedContinue 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 ...”
Sep
26
Liberal Nationals to rebuild Drouin Police Station
“ An elected Liberal Nationals Government will build a new Drouin Police Station including the capacity ...”
10
Liberal Nationals to upgrade Neerim District Secondary College
“ An elected Liberal Nationals Government will deliver $3 million to upgrade Neerim District Secondary College.   The ...”
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
26
Premier Called on to Support West Gippsland Hospital
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has launched a direct plea with the Premier regarding the ...”
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 ...”
May
01
Where’s the Funding? Certainly not in West Gippsland from Daniel Andrews Final State Budget
“ Daniel Andrews and the Victorian Labor Government have thumbed their nose at Narracan residents in ...”
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 ...”
Jan
25
Petition Launched for New Drouin Police Station
“ Drouin Police Station - Click to download the petition Local residents are being asked to give their ...”
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 ...”
Aug
24
Labors Ideological Power Strategy Failing Victorian Businesses
“ Businesses are beginning to feel the pinch as power prices skyrocket following the closure of ...”
18
Inquiry Reveals Councils Struggling to Meet Roads Costs
“ The Parliamentary Inquiry into the Sustainability and Operational Challenges of Victoria’s Rural and Regional Councils ...”
Population Taskforces Moves Forward in Gippsland
“ A policy framework to help guide Victorian population growth is being developed by the Victorian ...”
11
Call for Minister to Review Public Transport Failings
“ Gippsland rail commuters are suffering through constant delays, cancellations and replacement buses it has been ...”
10
Six Months on, Labor Still Not Committed to West Gippsland Hospital’s Future
“ Today marks six months since the Matthew Guy and the Victorian Liberal National Coalition committed ...”


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