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Murray Basin Freight Rail Project

Funding Program:Investment Road and Rail Program
Status:Under construction
Transport Mode:Rail
Expected Start/Finish:Early 2015 - Late 2020
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

Project Description

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 in February 2015 and is expected to be completed by late 2020.

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Project details last updated: 28/09/2018