C4GS disappointed by Federal Government decision to axe GV Bypass funding
Published Nov 16, 2023 by Lindy Nieuwenhuizen
The Committee for Greater Shepparton is extremely disappointed to see the Federal Government axe the $208 million of funding allocated for the Goulburn Valley (Shepparton) bypass.
“Last year demonstrated the need for the second river crossing – for our local business and communities, but also for the safe and efficient movement of freight and people across northern Victoria and the eastern seaboard,” C4GS Chair Leigh Findlay said.
“We knew the funding was only the first stage of what would be required to deliver this project – but it was enough to begin the project planning and design, and improve the accuracy of the budget requirements for funding in future years. It is extremely disappointing that even these steps cannot begin,” Leigh said.
“Within our community there are many organisations and individuals who have given considerable time and effort to the project and we would like to thank them for their efforts to date – notably the GV Bypass Action Group and chair Peter Johnson, Greater Shepparton City Council’s mayors, CEO and officers, along with partner councils and agencies.
“The need for a second crossing will continue to grow – and the need for a more resilient national freight network must be a priority. We remain committed to working with local, state and federal governments, agencies and our members to see this project properly defined, costed and ultimately delivered.”
C4GS welcomed the funding allocated for the upgrade of rail infrastructure servicing Shepparton with Shepparton Rail Line Upgrade – Stage 3 retaining its $320 mln funding and Shepparton Rail Line Upgrade retaining its $9 mln of allocated funding.
“The improvement of rail services between Melbourne and Shepparton is important to the ongoing growth of our city, our ability to attract workforce and our tourism industry,” Leigh said.
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