Geelong Community Has Its Say On Fast Rail
The Victorian Government has established the Geelong Fast Rail Reference Group to help Rail Projects Victoria assess fast rail options as part of the Western Rail Plan.
The Reference Group, which is chaired by Member for Geelong Christine Couzens, includes community representatives from the G21 region, along with stakeholders from councils, businesses, transport users, indigenous groups and educational institutions.
It includes G21 CEO Elaine Carbines, as well as:
- Avalon Airport CEO, Justin Giddings
- City of Greater Geelong CEO, Martin Cutter
- City of Greater Geelong Mayor, Cr Bruce Harwood
- Committee for Geelong CEO, Jennifer Cromarty
- Deakin University Vice Chancellor, Jane den Hollander
- Geelong Chamber of Commerce President, Mark Edmonds
- Surf Coast Shire CEO, Keith Baillie
- Surf Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Rose Hodge
Seven of the 18-strong Reference Group are community representatives selected through an online Expression of Interest process late last year, and have strong links with the area.
A fast rail link from Geelong to Melbourne would slash travel times between Victoria’s capital and its second city.
The State Government has committed $150 million to the Western Rail Plan, including the full separation of regional and metro services on the Geelong and Ballarat lines – the first step in delivering fast rail to these cities.
As well as fast rail, the Reference Group discussed other major transport projects in the Geelong area, including the essential rail duplication between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds, which will build 12.6 kilometres of track and remove the dangerous and congested level crossings at Fyans Street and Surf Coast Highway.