Region's transport needs on the right road


The GMID's transport priorities have been identified in the recently launched Northern Victoria Regional Transport Strategy.


The GMID's transport priorities for the next 15 years have been identified in the recently launched Northern Victoria Regional Transport Strategy.

The strategy was developed by Campaspe, Moira, Gannawarra, Loddon, Strathbogie and Greater Shepparton councils and launched by Transport Minister Tim Pallas earlier this month.

Mr Pallas said the strategy was consistent with The Victorian Transport Plan, Freight Futures, Victorian Local Roads: Critical Links in the National Supply Chain and Victoria's submissions to Infrastructure Australia.

He said the councils involved in developing the strategy would find it was a valuable advocacy document with industry and with State and Commonwealth governments to help the region secure support and funding for infrastructure projects.

"I dont think I need to spell out to any of you here today the importance of this region to the Victorian economy, but there are two salient features of the area that I think are worth noting," Mr Pallas said.

"Firstly, the area covered by the Strategy produces 25 per cent of the value of Victoria's agricultural output, much of this as a result of the reliability and availability of irrigation.

"And secondly, the Foodbowl is undergoing a $2 billion revamp - the biggest transformation of agricultural infrastructure seen in Victorias history.

"These two features are strong drivers of transport demand and Im pleased to see the Strategy and the Victorian Government in complete agreement on this."

Greater Shepparton Council General Manager Asset Development Peter Harriott said the strategy looked at transport demand and existing transport systems.

"It considers the existing transport network, including the current public transport system, the road and rail network, freight task, public transport and aviation," Mr Harriott said.

"Other factors that it considers are a variety of factors including population and demographics, environmental issues, primary production, manufacturing, service industry and visitation including tourism and events."

The strategy has a 15-year focus and is intended to be reviewed every three years.

The need for the strategy was identified by the Hume Regional Management Forum and is also supported by the Department of Transport, VicRoads and the Victorian Government.

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