Labor rail trail pledge

THE Labor state government will provide $1 million for the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail, if it is re-elected on November 24.

The 63 kilometre rail trail extends from Traralgon to Stratford, passing through dairy country and offering panoramic views across the region.

During the past decade, committee members and volunteers have removed ballast and carried out maintenance to make the trail a reality.

People can catch the train to either end of the trail, and make their way to some of the best restaurants, wineries and shops Gippsland has to offer.

A re-elected Labor government will spend $1 million to make the trail bigger and better.

Funding will go towards the Cowwarr to Dawson section of the trail, including the construction of the Thomson River bridge and 3km of trail.

It will also oversee the completion of the Princes Highway to Marshalls Rd section, including the car park, track sealing, and upgrade works.

Eastern Victoria MLC Harriet Shing said Labor’s investment would provide more ways for locals and visitors to experience Gippsland’s unique natural beauty and history, and create more local jobs through a stronger  tourist economy.

A RE-ELECTED Labor state government will increase Victoria’s Renewable Energy Target to 50 per cent by 2030, claiming it will create thousands of jobs across regional Victoria, put more energy into the grid, increase investment and drive down energy prices.

The VRET will put more energy into the grid, delivering up to 5400 megawatts of new, large scale renewable energy capacity by 2025.

The Liberals have promised to scrap the VRET.

A re-elected Labor government will expand the half-price solar panel roll-out by spending $82 million over 10 years to provide an additional 50,000 rebates on solar panels for Victorian renters.