Federal Minister for Regional Development Simon Crean
Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder
Railway Station Precinct Project Gets Kick Start
Victor P Taffa
The $26.05 Million Warragul Railway Station Precinct received a kick start today, paving the way for jobs, business, retail and tourism opportunities in the Latrobe Valley.
On behalf of the Victorian Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder, Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Edward O’Donohue joined Commonwealth Minister for Regional Development Simon Crean and Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood to unveil the overview of the Station Precinct project plan.
Mr. O’Donohue said the Victorian Coalition Government’s commitment of $22.7 Million to the precinct upgrade included:
- 200 additional car parking spaces for train commuters;
- A new bus interchange;
- A new pedestrian footbridge;
- A road underpass linking Normanby Place to Alfred Street.
Mr. Crean today announced a Federal Government investment of $3.35 Million to build on the Victorian Coalition Government’s existing $22.7 Million commitment.
“Warragul is at the heart of one of the fastest growing areas in country Victoria.” Mr. O’Donohue said.
“The Victorian Coalition Government announced the Warragul Station Precinct project as an election commitment and planning work is now well underway.”
“Tenders will be called in the coming weeks with construction to start later this year.”
Mr. Crean said the Federal Government’s $3.35 Million investment in the project was in line with the Latrobe Valley Transition Committee’s report and was an important investment in the economic diversification of the region.
“This project at Warragul is built on a strong investment partnership between all levels of government and will strengthen and diversify the economic base of not only Warragul but the entire Latrobe Valley.” Mr. Crean said.
“The railway station precinct has the potential to unlock $150 Million in private sector investment within the Warragul CBD, including commercial, retail and apartment developments in the pipeline and generate 1,110 jobs and $30 Million every year in wages.”
“The Warragul project builds on the work by Federal Energy and Resources Minister Martin Ferguson and Federal Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Minister Greg Combet to support the region in its transition to a clean energy future.”
- $45 Million for the Advanced Lignite Demonstration Program;
- $70 Million for CarbonNet;
- $3 Million for the $6.2 Million Latrobe Regional Airport project through round two of the Regional Development Australia Fund;
- $9.5 Million for the Australian Paper de-inked pulp plant;
- $50 Million for the Briquettte Restructuring Package.
Mr. Crean said the Federal Government’s $3.35 Million investment in the railway station precinct consists of $2.6 Million to integrate the precinct into the Warragul CBD and unlock the full economic and employment potential of the rapidly growing regional area.
“To develop the tourism base of the area and build upon the advantages of the railway station, we are also contributing a further $750,000 for the transformation of the heritage railway goods shed into a multi-purpose and creative space tourism centre.” Mr. Crean said.
“The restored goods shed will accommodate a range of community uses, including an information centre showcasing local attractions, activities and produce in and around Baw Baw Shire.”
“The project joins the dots between being a local priority, leveraging other funding sources and sustaining the economic and social future of the region, and demonstrates the Federal Government’s commitment to diversification in the Latrobe Valley.” Mr. Crean said.