Brimbank Council has welcomed the Federal Government’s $5 billion pledge towards building the long awaited rail link from Melbourne to the Airport, a rail link the State Government has already committed to building.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said the federal funding commitment is another step forward to the much needed rail link.
“Back in November, Premier Daniel Andrews announced support for the rail link to come through Sunshine. This is a hugely exciting project for the west - and we want to work together with all levels of government and get this project moving!
“We believe that the route should ensure maximum connectivity across metro Melbourne and Regional Victoria - bringing the route out west will be a game changer for the western region, unlocking huge economic benefits for the entire region including Brimbank.
“Brimbank is the heart of Melbourne’s west – and we know from the massive population growth around that the region will be the size of Adelaide by the 2030s.
“A Sunshine stop would open up big benefits for metropolitan and regional commuters, and for the booming western suburbs of Melbourne.
“It offers the potential to unlock Melbourne’s west, delivering jobs growth and tourism opportunities to boost the west.
“We will continue to lobby the state and federal governments to head west,” Cr Giudice said.
It is essential that the link is integrated with metropolitan and regional trains – and supported by well-planned bus services.
Brimbank Council has asked the Victorian Government to develop an Integrated Transport Plan for Melbourne’s West – one that will allow for comprehensive planning at a local level to maximise the economic, environmental and efficiency benefits of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link.
A Melbourne Airport Rail Link from Melbourne’s CBD to Melbourne Airport, stopping in Sunshine will: