City of Greater Shepparton councillor Fern Summer will contest the seat of Murray at the upcoming federal election as the candidate for the Bullet Train for Australia party.By Jarrod Whittaker
For the first time in her life, Fern Summer is excited about trains.
The Bullet Train for Australia party’s candidate for the seat of Murray at next month’s federal election admits to being a recent rail convert.
However, the high-speed train proposal connecting Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane — and stopping in Shepparton — has captured her interest.
‘‘I never thought I’d be so excited about trains,’’ Ms Summer said.
‘‘I can’t believe it, I’ve even ordered a train hat off eBay.’’
The Federal Government has commissioned two feasibility studies on the $114
If it goes ahead, it is expected to be fully operational by 2065.
The City of Greater Shepparton councillor said it was her involvement in local government that brought the project to her attention.
‘‘The industry (it will bring) is important, Shepparton has to diversify,’’ Ms Summer said.
‘‘We’ve relied on one industry for so long and here we have an opportunity to introduce new job, new skills , new training. The idea is to make the election an unofficial referendum — we want this on the agenda.’’
She said Australia lagged behind the rest of the world in fast-train development and the project was an opportunity to catch up.
‘‘It’s one project that ticks every box,’’ she said. ‘‘Instead of all these vague, generalised policies that never eventuate, we have a solid focus and a tangible goal.’’
She said the project would create at least 100
‘‘It’ll fill the shops (and) free up parking with less congested roads,’’ Ms Summer said.
Voters will head to the polls on Saturday, September 7.
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