17 June 2020
Member for Northern Victoria, Tania Maxwell MP is calling on the Government to “get on board” and reintroduce passenger rail services to the city of Mildura.
In Parliament last night, Ms Maxwell asked the Government to reinstate passenger rail services or, at the very least, a regular shuttle service to Maryborough or Ballarat.
Ms Maxwell said she shared the frustration of the community that Mildura remains the only major rural city in Victoria without a passenger rail service. The geographical location of Mildura, and its isolation, emphasises the importance of a passenger rail service.
The restoration of these services should fit neatly with the Government’s agenda of initiating a construction and infrastructure-led recovery from the coronavirus.
The reintroduction of a passenger rail service would also alleviate traffic congestion on the roads, as well as contributing to social and economic benefits for the Mallee region.
Ms Maxwell said a new passenger rail service could complement the potential resumption of the Murray Basin Rail project, another vital piece of infrastructure stalled by the Government.
Quotes by Tania Maxwell MP
“Regular passenger rail travel into and out of Mildura would clearly help to reduce the impacts of isolation, increase liveability, stimulate more local jobs and population growth, lift tourism and decrease local residents’ travel costs.”
“The people of Mildura have, for more than 25 years, lived without a passenger rail service, and it is unacceptable they have been condemned to such a fate.”