Federal Member Sophie Mirabella is eagerly awaiting the findings of a report on the north east rail line.February 18, 2013 4:52am
Sophie Mirabella MP (Lib Vic Indi) during Question Time in the House of Reps, Parliament House, Canberra 5 February 2013. Pic David Foote
Member for Indi Sophie Mirabella says she is eagerly anticipating the findings contained in the long awaited Australian Transport Safety Bureau report into the north-east rail line, due to be released this month.
It is expected the report will contain a thorough analysis of the North East Rail Revitalisation Project. The project, which was due to be completed in 2010, is still mired by safety problems, resulting in speed restrictions on large sections of the track between Albury and Melbourne.
‘‘It’s been a year and a half in the making, so hopefully this report will be able to provide all of us with some much-needed answers,’’ Mrs Mirabella said.
‘‘The obvious question is: how do you spend more than $600
‘‘The Federal Government and the ARTC have continually blamed the rain. Well, I’m sorry, but that just doesn’t cut it. Surely a $600
‘‘This whole sorry saga has been a perfect illustration of Gillard Government incompetence. The Victorian Government have done everything within their power to return V/Line services to the north-east, but there is nothing they can do about the state of the track.
‘‘It’s about time the Federal Government and the ARTC started pulling their own weight.
‘‘Hopefully, this report will kick them into gear.’’
Mrs Mirabella said the Gillard Government would never have commissioned the report had it not been for the relentless pressure applied by herself, local commuters and the local press.
‘‘Having this report commissioned was a small victory in itself, but it will mean very little unless the Federal Government and the ARTC actually read it and act on its recommendations.’’
Community support needed for drug and alcohol treatment centre near Numurkah.
Yarrawonga/Mulwala's largest ever professional golf event, the Shepparton BMW Senior Victorian Open, got underway today with 124 players hitting off from 8am to 1pm on Yarrawonga's Black Bull Golf Course at Silverwoods.
Tatura’s rainfall for the last three months of 2015, 116.6mm, was marginally down on the long-term average for the same period, 120.8mm.
JON Lam’s exhibition Heart to Art will open at Alton Gallery on Friday
THE second annual Christmas town party in Lockington did not quite attract the crowd organisers were hoping for, but it failed to dampen their spirit.
Special supplement in this weeks edition
For Tocumwal’s Lynda Snowden, working the land hasn’t stopped her from falling in love with the majestic surrounds of her day to day life.
TOOLLEEN Recreation Reserve Committee of Management presented three awards on Australia Day in front of 80 local residents.
The cuteness level at Maryanne Ryan’s place is overflowing the bucket, with the arrival of baby Dougal the donkey.
Deniliquin doctor Marion Magee says she is disgusted with the treatment of local nurses.
Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone has been criticised by two Victorian MPs for suggesting the Federal Government should stop spending money on the $2 billion irrigation modernisation program until problems are sorted out.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.