Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
Federal Member for Casey
Joint Media Statement
31 March 2014
Australian Government signs $3.56 million funding agreement for Yarra Valley Railway
The Australian Government is delivering on its commitment to contribute $3.56 million towards the Yarra Valley Railway project in the electorate of Casey.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs and Federal Member for Casey Tony Smith today visited the Yarra Valley Railway to sign the funding agreement which will deliver funds for the key regional link between Yarra Glen and Healesville.
Mr Briggs said the funding was another example of the Australian Government’s commitment to providing long term improvements in productive community infrastructure for regions across Australia.
"The Australian Government has identified the Yarra Valley Railway as a priority economic development project which will create jobs and boost the productive capacity of the region".
"This funding would not have been delivered without Tony Smith’s strong commitment to the project and this region", Mr Briggs said.
Mr Smith, who has long supported the railway project, said it will deliver significant social and economic benefits for the local community.
"This funding will assist in the construction of a railway that will help grow our local area as a tourism destination, adding value to tourist experiences already on offer and attracting domestic and international tourists to the Yarra Valley".
This announcement will be welcome news for the community who were promised this funding by Labor but never received it.
Unlike the previous Labor Government, the Coalition delivers on its election commitments instead of just talking about them.
For Mr Briggs: Andrew Ockenden 0429 877 721
For Mr Smith: Andrew Hallam 0404 043 764