12th Apr 2018

The Andrews Labor Government will develop and deliver the Gippsland Logistics Precinct in Morwell, delivering on a key election commitment.

Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced more than $5.3 million for the Gippsland Logistics Precinct Stage 2 Infrastructure works on Tramway Road in Morwell, creating new opportunities for industry development and creating more local jobs.

The funding will deliver Stage 2 infrastructure works that will reactivate the disused rail freight site and pave the way for the development of fully serviced Council-owned land for industrial purposes.

Situated close to the Princes Freeway and adjacent to the Gippsland Intermodal Freight Terminal, the Gippsland Logistics Precinct will have excellent transport links to the state’s road network and the Port of Melbourne and Geelong.

The precinct will provide an industrial area where locally produced goods can be transferred directly into shipping containers for rail freight.

The completed precinct will provide improved rail freight access, improved access to more efficient transport, industry diversification and a reduction in the number of heavy vehicles on Gippsland roads.

The event also recognised the completion of Stage 1 of the Gippsland Logistics Precinct works to upgrade the Australian Paper Maryvale rail line, which is now delivering operational efficiencies to the company.

Stage 1 works also improved logistics at the Gippsland Intermodal Freight terminal and realigned marshalling tracks in the rail yard, which will benefit future tenants and freight users at the Gippsland Logistics Precinct.

With the industrial railway to Maryvale now upgraded and works progressing on the Gippsland Logistics Precinct, the Labor Government has delivered on its $10 million election commitment to support complex rail-based logistics requirements.

Right across the state, the Government is investing in initiatives that make regional Victoria a better place to live, work and do business.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford:

“Our election commitment to invest $10 million to develop the Gippsland Logistics Precinct was a vote of confidence in this region – and we are delivering on that promise.”

“We’re getting the Latrobe Valley back on track – rebuilding health services, attracting new jobs, and preserving the resilience of this proud community.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing;

“Thanks to this investment, freight trains carrying Latrobe Valley-made Reflex paper are now being loaded faster, are carrying heavier loads, and are getting to port quicker. That’s good for Australian Paper, and good for the 1,000-odd people that have a job here.”