Regional Victoria will benefit from unscrambling Victorian rail

The Property Council of Australia has welcomed the Government’s announcement of $100 million for detailed planning for an enhanced regional railway network, untangling rail and supporting jobs and economic activity, particularly in the West.

“We applaud the Government’s commitment to an evidence based plan for enhancing regional Victoria and spreading prosperity across the State.”

“We would urge an Andrews Government, if re-elected, to engage with industry to ensure opportunities for place making are maximised, with vibrant places where people can live, work and play, and have a real sense of belonging to their community. The property industry is ready, willing and able to assist.”

This business case has the opportunity to build on the work already done in the innovative proposal by Melbourne Airport, Metro Trains, Southern Cross station and IFM Investors to bring forward Airport Rail Link to start as soon as 2020.

For Melbourne to maintain its high liveability, and to attract global investment and talent, it will need leadership from all tiers of Government and the private sector.

“With private sector help, we hope the next Government can bring forward the start date for these ambitious projects.”

Media contact: Cressida Wall | M 0415 831 603 | E cwall@propertycouncil.com.au