SUPPORTING THE FUTURE OF OUR REGIONS – GREAT SOUTHERN RAIL TRAIL

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in a suite of new projects across regional and rural Victoria to deliver the infrastructure that locals and visitors need.

Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced $2,000,000 for the Great Southern Rail Trail (GSRT) Railway Precincts Development (Leongatha and Korumburra), as part of the Labor Government’s Regional Infrastructure Fund – Round 2.

This project will include significant public realm upgrades to the railway sites in Leongatha and Korumburra in order to improve the economic vitality of each centre and to assist in attracting visitors to the towns and to the overall Shire.

The project is identified by Council as a priority initiative to assist in securing the ongoing development of the Shire. The development will coincide with the extension of the GSRT from Leongatha to Nyora, with the first section of Leongatha to Korumburra to be completed mid-2021. Once completed, the GSRT will be 108km in length and connect Nyora to Port Welshpool.

The new round follows a competitive process where local regional and rural councils and other eligible groups applied for grants. Other successful projects were announced last year under the 2020/21 Stimulus Round.

The Regional Infrastructure Fund is part of the Victorian Government’s flagship $156 million Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund, designed to help businesses create more jobs in regional Victoria and support community projects.

The Fund is key to the Government’s almost $30 billion investment across regional and rural Victoria since 2015. Information and guidelines for the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund can be found at rdv.vic.gov.au/rjif

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett

“The new batch of projects in the Regional Infrastructure Fund – Round 2 will continue to deliver promising outcomes for regional and rural Victorian communities by accelerating jobs and business growth.”

“Investments like the Great Southern Rail Trail (GSRT) Railway Precincts Development (Leongatha and Korumburra demonstrates how we are supporting the projects that matter while driving a much-needed economic boost across the state.”