The State Government has revealed it has had no further discussions with the Federal Government on the future of the Maldon-Dombarton rail link since the failure of a 12 month registration of interest process late last year.

The information comes in an answer to a question on notice by Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson to the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Duncan Gay MLC, which has just been answered by the Minister.

The Government has also revealed that its Fixing Country Rail funding program, which it has suggested may help fund the Maldon-Dombarton rail project, only has $400 million in total funding.

Earlier this month the Government invited expressions of interest for a $15 million pilot under theFixing Country Rail program.

The Maldon-Dombarton rail link has been independently assessed to cost up to $667 million in 2013.

Comments attributable to Anna Watson:

“The State Government has failed to hold any further discussions with the Federal Government to fund the construction of the Maldon-Dombarton rail link project.

“The lack of interest by the State Government to arrange a funding package with the Federal Government to build the Maldon-Dombarton rail link only means increasing congestion on the South Coast Line as it continues to compete between commuter and freight rail.

“Getting freight off the South Coast Line will help speed up commuter services at all Illawarra stations and Sydney.

“The State Government is already starting to bleed the Fixing Country Rail funding program.

“That program only has $400 million worth of total funding.

“The Prime Minister has signalled his interest in rail but the State Government is just sitting on its hands doing nothing to progress Maldon-Dombarton, get freight off the South Coast Line and increasing commuter train services.”


13 April 2016