Local manufacturer Austrak will supply more than 125,000 concrete sleepers for the Murray Basin Rail Project, supporting more than 20 jobs at their Port Wilson facility, on top of the 280 jobs the project will create.
Minister for Public Transport and Employment Jacinta Allan made the announcement and again called on the Federal Government to partner with the Victorian State Government in funding and delivering the $416 million project.
Murray Basin Rail will boost the safety, capacity and reliability of freight services in Northern Victoria, and better connect primary producers to the State’s major ports in Portland, Geelong and Melbourne.
The $11 million worth of concrete sleepers are needed to commence Stage 2 of the project, which will re-open the Maryborough to Ararat line.
The project will see 95 per cent materials sourced from within Australia, with 90 per cent being sourced directly from suppliers in regional Victoria.
This ensures the economic benefits from the project flow directly back into communities in regional Victoria, providing a boost to local manufacturing and economic activity, while the Victorian State Government works to unlock the potential of Victoria’s rail freight network.
The Victorian State Government is investing $220 million in the Murray Basin Rail Project, and is seeking Federal Government support to deliver this project of critical importance to the Victorian and Australian freight network.