The Victorian Government is on the lookout for rail freight and industry representatives to join forces to boost the capacity of Victoria’s rail freight sector.
It has created a new Rail Freight Working Group to identify Victoria’s key rail freight network priorities.
Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne and Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan today announced the working group, which will bring members of the freight and primary industries, as well as government agencies, together.
The group will facilitate further communication between government and industry to identify key projects and deliver the best return on Victoria’s infrastructure investments.
“This new group will give operators and farmers a voice at the table as we continue investing in important Victorian rail freight projects to boost our export power and support regional jobs,” Ms. Horne said.
Victoria’s Rural Assistance Commissioner will chair the group and it will include representatives from the Victorian Farmers Federation, key freight organisations and government bodies including the Department of Transport, VicTrack, V/Line and relevant ports.
“Our working group will look at the entire freight supply chain, from farm to port, and make it easier for producers to get Victorian goods to the world,” Mr. Horne said.
The government hopes continued investment in rail freight infrastructure across Victoria will drive economic growth. It will aim to create important regional jobs and provide a boost to the state’s transport industry, agricultural sector and regional communities.