THE Nationals have accused Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan of shelving the next stage of the Murray Basin Rail Project in favour of prioritising passenger upgrades at Ballarat.
Stage three of the Murray Basin Rail Project was scheduled to begin at Manangatang and Sea Lake in March, but under questioning in a Public Accounts and Estimates Committee hearing at Spring Street on Wednesday, Ms Allan said “the project has had its scope changed.”
Nationals Leader Peter Walsh and Nationals Mildura MP Peter Crisp have slammed the Andrews Government of being “city-centric” and said industry stakeholders are hearing the work won’t go ahead.
“It’s clear Daniel Andrews and Jacinta Allan have no plans to make sure the Murray Basin Rail Project is delivered on time and by the end of the year,” Mr Walsh said.
However Ms Allan said the Nationals had twisted her words.
“As I made clear, but continues to be misrepresented by the Nationals, work has not stopped on the Murray Basin Rail Project,” Ms Allan said.
A statement from Ms Allan’s office said freight industry feedback meant V/ Line was considering future staging options for the remainder of the Murray Basin Rail project.
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