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It’s time for funding to be put back on track

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June 13, 2017

COMMITTEE for Echuca Moama is hopeful ‘‘positive progress’’ will be made in coming weeks following the Federal Government’s funding shortfall for the $91 million Echuca-Bendigo line upgrade.

COMMITTEE for Echuca Moama is hopeful ‘‘positive progress’’ will be made in coming weeks following the Federal Government’s funding shortfall for the $91 million Echuca-Bendigo line upgrade.

The Victorian Government announced the upgrade as part of a $1.45 billion rail package for regional Victoria, but that was dependent on the Federal Government agreeing to release it.

Canberra then allocated $1 billion in infrastructure spending for Victoria, significantly short of the required figure.

C4EM chief executive Martin Szakal said he had checked in with Victorian Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan recently to receive an update.

‘‘Given that $91 million was placed in the Victorian budget for the project, and that I had spoken with both the state minister and the premier about the rail line funding upgrade recently, and that they had mentioned discussions were pending, we thought it time for an update,’’ Mr Szakal said.

‘‘The communication stated that discussions and negotiations between the State and Commonwealth Government were continuing and that hopefully positive progress can be made between them within the coming weeks. We may also hear more about this from other sources including independent media reports soon.

‘‘Like the community, we are very much waiting to hear more on this topic, and will be pursuing regular updates on their behalf.’’

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