Governments don't remove trains anymore it is political suicide. The politicians who are featured in the story would be advocating for upgrading of services not the removal. If you accept this to be true and the usual way politicians work I support the idea get the electrification done to stony point and do the whole job in one foul swoop. Why have two hoes as it? There is plenty of money in the kiddy and Darren Chester is a Victoria an nd happy to provide money when required.
Reading the thread I have not seen a single valid reason why this entire line should not have been given the once over and just get it done removing diesels for good. This would probably increase passenger numbers after completion.
Please stop citing some myth about economic benefits this is 1970's think. We are now measuring community benefit. Some users here need to forget the idea of transport paying its way. It will never do that and not required to do it either.
Finally how does developing a station for economic benefit to the government make a better rail service for the travelling public? Yet another myth.