|Funding Program:||Investment Road and Rail Program
|Expected Start/Finish:||Early 2015 - mid 2019
|Estimated Project Cost:||$440,000,000
|Australian Government Contribution:||$240,200,000
|Local Council/Shire:||Ararat Rural City Council,Ballarat City Council,Buloke Shire Council,Central Goldfields Shire Council,Gannawarra Shire Council,Golden Plains Shire Council,Hepburn Shire Council,Loddon Shire Council,Mildura Rural City Council,Moorabool Shire Council,Northern Grampians Shire Council,Pyrenees Shire Council,Swan Hill Rural City Council,Yarriambiack Shire Council
|Corridor:||Melbourne - Mildura
The project will standardise and upgrade the Mildura, Manangatang and Sea Lake rail lines and standardise the Murrayville rail line in north-west Victoria. The project will also upgrade the Hopetoun rail line, as well as re-open the unused rail line between Maryborough and Ararat.
The project will better connect primary producers in north-west Victoria with the ports of Portland, Geelong and Melbourne to promote competition and provide an incentive for investment in grain rail infrastructure facilities.
The estimated cost of the project is $440 million. The Australian Government is contributing $240.2 million and the Victorian Government $199.8 million.
Construction commenced on 17 February 2015 and is expected to be completed in mid-2019.
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Project details last updated: 17/04/2018