Wednesday, 13 May, 2020

The Victorian Government is continuing to back community projects in regional Victoria that create jobs and make our regions even better places to live and work.

Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett announced The Great Southern Rail Trail is one of 35 projects in rural and regional communities that will share in more than $16 million from the Regional Infrastructure Fund to improve livability and attract more residents and visitors to towns.

In the Wellington Shire Council the project is for the completion of the 21km ‘missing link’ along the trail between Welshpool and Alberton, creating a 106km Rail Trail.

In the South Gippsland Shire Council the project is the first stage of an extensions of the Great Southern Rail Trail from Leongatha to Korumburra. The project will create an unbroken rail trial connecting Melbourne’s outer suburbs to Welshpool, providing new avenues for economic development in South Gippsland.

The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Government’s flagship Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, which helps businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria, supports community projects and helps councils to build the infrastructure locals need.

The Fund is key to the Government’s record $2.6 billion Delivering for Regional and Rural Victoria Program unveiled in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 to deliver quality education, health, transport and record jobs.

Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaclyn Symes

“Regional Victoria is critical to supporting our state’s recovery from the impacts of coronavirus and we’re backing projects in our regions that will drive jobs and community growth.”

“While we can’t fully enjoy our halls and parks and other community facilities right now, it’s important that we continue investing in them and create jobs.”