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Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has welcomed additional rail funding indicating the Federal and State governments are moving closer to fixing the North East rail line.
“My understanding is the Federal Government has agreed to my request for a cross-government working party to ensure that the money is spent in a way that gets the job done properly,” Ms McGowan said.
Ms McGowan said she was encouraged by the Commonwealth confirming it would provide $40 million towards track works, in addition to the $100 million secured in the Federal Budget.
“I welcome the move by the Federal Minister for Transport the Hon Darren Chester with whom I have been in frequent discussions since the budget announcement. I will continue to push for the detail on how that work is to be delivered, and sooner rather than later.”
Ms McGowan was also contacted by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews this week to say the State Government’s focus in the renegotiation of the Australian Rail Track Corporation contract will be on setting clear service outcomes for the ARTC.
“This includes resolving issues with the track and new key performance indicators. It is vital that the ARTC’s contract reflects the needs of North East rail passengers, who deserve a much better service than they are currently receiving,” Ms McGowan said.
Ms McGowan said it was heartening her message that passenger rail should be the responsibility of all levels of government appeared to have been heard.
“As a local, effective and independent representative I’ve been able to communicate the needs of rail passengers across parties and all levels of government to help end the blame game.”
Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (17:17): As I rise today to speak about the 2017-18 budget—Appropriation Bill (No. 1) 2017-2018—the fourth since my election as a member of the Australian parliament, I want to highlight to the residents of Indi my focus on the electorate I proudly call home. My vision for Indi is for a community that works with its leaders and representatives to develop opportunities for growth and solutions to challenges as they arise. It is a vision for a prosperous and caring community which values inclusiveness, diversity, honesty and the hard work of all those who seek to realise the goal of making life in our part of regional and rural Australia the best it can be and admired by all.Read more
Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (14:28): My question is to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. On May 10, the Prime Minister assured the House that the government commitment of $100 million would fix the problem for the North East train line. Senate estimates has revealed that the Commonwealth is seeking a co-contribution from the Victorian government. It is a matter yet to be resolved and has made an already complex problem even more so. Clearly, the Victorian government is part of the solution but the answer is not only funding; it needs leadership and collaboration. Minister, a deeply personal request: will you please take a leadership role and bring together the ARTC, relevant departments, V/Line, PTV and New South Wales Trains to develop a plan that will fix this problem?Read more
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has called on the government to show leadership to ensure $100 million for the North East rail line upgrade will “fix the problem”.
Ms McGowan asked the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren Chester in Question Time to take a leadership role and bring together the ARTC, the Victorian and New South Wales Governments, V-line, PTV and NSW Trains to come up with a plan to deliver the upgrade.
“Senate Estimates has revealed the Commonwealth is seeking a co-contribution from the Victorian Government. This has made an already complex problem even more so,” Ms McGowan said.
“The Victorian Government is part of the solution but the answer is not simply funding – it needs leadership and collaboration.”
While Mr Chester stopped short of committing specifically to an expert advisory group, Ms McGowan said she would continue for its formation as the best way forward.
“As an independent member I have been able to work with both State and Federal Governments to help secure the funding, but now is the time for effective action to end the blame game once and for all.
“People in North East Victoria have been waiting for trains long enough.”
Cathy asked the government in Question Time to bring together the ARTC, the Victorian and New South Wales Governments, V-line, PTV and NSW Trains to come up with a plan to deliver the $100 million rail upgrade for the North East line. Cathy's question and the Minister's response are below.Read more
Cathy pressed the Prime Minister in Question Time to commit the government to acting on its $100 million investment in the North East rail line sooner rather than later. The Prime Minister responded to announce the Minister for Transport the Hon Darren Chester will visit Indi in the next month.Read more
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan says the announcement of $100 million to fix the North East rail line is a stunning result for local independent action in Indi.
“All the work we have done together on rail has delivered a tremendous result!” Ms McGowan said.
The money for rail is independent of the inland rail upgrade and focusses solely on improving passenger rail services for North East Victoria.
Ms McGowan said she has called Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews an asked him to put the new trains on order.
“This whole process has shown the value of having an independent representative bringing together State and Federal transport ministers and the ARTC, ending the blame game, and getting real action,” Ms McGowan said.
“Congratulations to the Hume Rail Corridor Group and the Border Rail Action Group, and Minister Darren Chester, who have worked so hard with me to make the case. This result could mean up to 385,000 extra trips a year benefiting the economies of Benalla, Wangaratta, Chiltern, Springhurst and Wodonga.”
Ms McGowan said an important next step would be to establish a high level expert committee to oversee the completion of the improvements to passenger rail.
Funding for other rail projects
Ms McGowan also welcomed:
• Confirmation the inland rail upgrade would go through Albury.
• The allocation of $20 million for a business case for high speed rail.
Ms McGowan is inviting people to have a say on the budget at www.cathymcgowan.com.au until 25 May.
Independent Member for Indi has laid out a clear plan for the government to show its commitment to regional rail passenger services in North East Victoria.
In tabling a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament on Monday, Ms McGowan has called for the strengthening of the social and community benefit considerations that are assessed when the minister approves an investment project under the National Land Transport Act 2014.
The National Land Transport Amendment (Best Practice Rail Investment) Bill 2017 also requires a summary of evidence supporting the approval of the investment project to be tabled in Parliament.
Ms McGowan urged the Federal Government to prioritise passenger rail in projects such as the inland rail upgrade.
“Australia’s passenger rail services must be considered alongside its rail freight network. The two overlap and share much common infrastructure. Improvements to the national freight network having the potential to increase passenger traffic safety and reduce congestion,” Ms McGowan said.
“Adopting this legislation is an opportunity for the government to provide leadership and show real commitment to regional Australia.
The legislation follows Ms McGowan tabling in February the Infrastructure Australia Amendment (Social Sustainability) Bill 2017 which, if accepted by the Government, would prioritise regional passenger rail and enshrine social wellbeing considerations in infrastructure investment decisions.
Ms McGowan has also called for the Australian Rail Track Corporation to have consideration for passenger rail included in its core operations.
Cathy has urged the government to grasp the opportunity to show its commitment to regional passenger rail through the inland rail upgrade project. Cathy made the call during her speech to a Private Member's Bill requiring the government to prioritise passenger rail in rail infrastructure projects.Read more