My Question is to the Minister for Infrastructure, Ports and Freight (Hon. Melissa Horne)
Recently I met with members of the Glenelg Shire, where the Mayor (Anita Rank) and CEO (Greg Burgoyne) outlined how Portland is becoming a major tourist destination. With cruise ships booked to arrive in January of each year until 2025 and a booming tourism industry courtesy of the whales, Portland is going to play an increasingly important role as a thriving town in the electorate of Western Victoria.
Despite the strong population and economic growth, Portland’s development is being stunted by limited access to freight rail services. The Glenelg Shire proposal is supported by the Federal Government and would see a freight rail service that reduces the time and cost associated with transporting agricultural products throughout Western Victoria from Portland.
My question to the Minister is – what is the Andrews Government doing in order to help Western Victorian farmers around Portland more efficiently export agricultural products interstate and overseas?