Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (12:44): My constituency question is to the Minister for Public Transport. Since the 2012–13 financial year, patronage on the Geelong line has increased by 97 per cent. During the recent May election, both the federal and state governments made a commitment to funding a feasibility study into high-speed rail for Geelong, which would see more frequent trains operating at up to 300 kilometres per hour. This would provide a reliable and safe transport option for those who are in the Greater Geelong area, something newly elected mayor Stephanie Asher is also a huge supporter of. Detailed planning work and technical investigations will determine a preferred option for fast rail between Melbourne and Geelong as part of the Western Rail Plan. The preferred option will maximise the benefits of a future high-speed rail link by integrating it with the existing network and unlocking capacity in Melbourne’s booming outer west. In recent weeks the federal government has made numerous funding commitments to create greater economic growth outside of the major cities. Can the minister provide any insight into what steps she has taken to lobby the federal government to ensure funding for the project is brought forward, so that Victorians can feel confident that the project will be delivered on time and on budget?