Opinion

Letters to the editor: October 16

By Shepparton News

Regional rail is vital

Peter Walsh
Leader of the Nationals

Better regional rail will bring our country communities closer together and closer to more jobs, as well as specialist medical services, TAFEs and universities.

Victoria’s rail network is a critical link for country Victorians, but the current network is tired, unreliable and slow.

It’s one of the biggest barriers to growing regional Victoria, which is why an elected Liberal Nationals government will transform the regional rail network.

We’ll upgrade every train line, building high-speed rail and fast rail across the network, slashing travel times for country passengers and return passenger rail to Mildura, Horsham, Hamilton and Donald.

In our first term of government, we’ll buy new-generation long-haul rolling stock for country lines so we can travel on reliable, fast and comfortable trains.

The Federal Liberal Nationals Government has led the way in working to better country rail, investing $1.6billion of the $1.75billion Regional Rail Revival.

Meanwhile, city-centric Labor refuses to look beyond Melbourne’s tram tracks.

Better regional rail will help to decentralise our state, connecting people with more jobs, education and healthcare and making it easier to live in one town and work in another.

Boost services

Peta Nobbs
Shepparton

Reading in the papers that the Federal Government wants to ban new migrants from living in Melbourne and Sydney for five years to ease congestion.

In rural Victoria we do not have the infrastructure to support our current population, let alone increasing it. Our health facilities in the Goulburn Valley are overflowing to the max with our locals lining up to get a bed at Goulburn Valley Health or if unable are being transported elsewhere.

I would hope that GV Health and support services in rural Victoria get the federal and state funding they deserve to be able to manage this imminent population growth that the Federal Government is about to impose on us.

I am a nurse at GV Health and deal with the current pressures that are being placed on our health system in rural Victoria.