Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas is delivering his sixth budget. Here's where some of the money will be spent

 

News article: Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas is delivering his sixth budget. Here's where some of the money will be spent

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas will hand down his sixth state budget today.

  NSWGR8022 Deputy Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Looking more closely at the budget I can see they will spend on

New Generation Trams for the Light Rail System

Infrastructure upgrades between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds
$899 million to upgrade the track between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds stations and develop a business case for the South Geelong Tunnel.

Shepparton Rail Line Upgrade
$400 million for Stage 3 of the Shepparton Rail Line Upgrade to allow the line to accommodate nine daily return passenger services.

Warrnambool Rail Line Upgrade
$260 million to complete Stage 2 of the Warrnambool Rail Line Upgrade, which will allow modern VLocity trains to operate to and from Warrnambool for the first time.

Geelong Fast Rail (well not really)
This Budget delivers $2 billion towards Geelong Fast Rail – matching the Commonwealth’s contribution to the project.
Funding will go toward preparing a business case and design as part of the First Stage of work, supporting over 2,800 jobs at the peak of construction.

Once complete, this project will mean fewer stops, faster trips and less crowded trains. It’ll also reduce reliance on the Princes Freeway corridor. Most importantly, it’ll mean less time commuting – and more time spent with the people you love.

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas is delivering his sixth budget. Here's where some of the money will be spent

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  NSWGR8022 Deputy Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
There is also

And with three transport super hubs at Clayton, Broadmeadows and Sunshine – regional passengers will also benefit, no longer having to travel through the CBD to get to work, our world-class hospitals or universities in the suburbs.

This is a project that will fundamentally change the way we travel, connecting Victorians to jobs, education, healthcare – and most importantly, to each other.

This Budget invests $2.2 billion to kick-off initial and early works on Stage One running between Cheltenham and Box Hill – laying the groundwork for tunnelling, including preparation of our tunnel boring machine launch sites and geotechnical investigation.

Not only will this investment kick-start work on this city and State-shaping project, it’ll support initially up to 800 jobs – getting more Victorians into work and supporting our State’s recovery.

This project is anticipated to support a further 20,000 jobs during construction and take thousands of passengers off existing rail lines and 200,000 fewer cars off our major roads.

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Infrastructure upgrades between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds
$899 million to upgrade the track between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds stations and develop a business case for the South Geelong Tunnel.
NSWGR8022

Good News with the Geelong upgrades but they had already been announced and no works on the Geelong South Tunnel now a business case.  Seriously?
  NSWGR8022 Deputy Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
More info

Rail reserve hazardous vegetation management → V/Line Fleet maintenance and sustainability works

Sorrento Ferry Terminal upgrade

Active transport linkages around Heathcote, Goornong and Bendigo

Twelve Apostles Trail Timboon ‑ Port Campbell - Rail Trail?

Bridge strengthening - for the massive trucks
  NSWGR8022 Deputy Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Upgrading regional rail This Budget invests $3.8 billion to upgrade and support our regional rail services to make sure more regional passengers can spend more time at home.

This includes:

→ $2 billion to progress Geelong Fast Rail, which will provide faster, more frequent and more reliable services between Melbourne and Geelong
→ $899 million toward the $901 million upgrade of the rail between South Geelong and Waurn Ponds stations and to develop a business case for the Geelong to South Geelong Tunnel
→ $400 million for the Shepparton Rail Line Upgrade Stage 3 which will enable nine daily return passenger services to Melbourne
→ $260 million for the Warrnambool Rail Line Upgrade Stage 2 to allow modern VLocity trains to operate to and from Warrnambool for the first time
→ $188 million to support reliability, punctuality and safety across our regional passenger and freight rail network

These commitments build on our significant investments made in regional rail, including the $2 billion Regional Rail Revival program, which is upgrading every regional passenger rail line in the State, improving journeys and creating regional jobs.
  NSWGR8022 Deputy Commissioner

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
I like this one with no money for the rail line between Robinvale and the mangatang rail yard which is needed badly but money for the road for larger and larger trucks

$10 million for upgrades to sections of the Robinvale – Sea Lake Road to improve safety for motorists and the efficiency of freight in this part of northern Victoria

No money for the portland line or freight in the South West on rail but more money for trucks.

$17.4 million to upgrade freight routes for farmers and processors in Victoria’s vital south-west dairy supply chain, saving them time and money
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville

Good News with the Geelong upgrades but they had already been announced and no works on the Geelong South Tunnel now a business case.  Seriously?
bevans
Seriously?
There was never any work being done on duplicating the tunnel; only consideration, plans and possible business cases. The fact that a business case is actually going to be done is a big step forward!
Keep up Bevans

Neil
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Credit where due this budget is very good.

It has energy policy in motion and transport upgrades being rail.

It has caring for people and public housing.

If you wondered what a progressive budget might look like compared to the federal government then take a good
Look.
  DirtyBallast Chief Commissioner

Location: I was here first. You're only visiting.
I'm intrigued by the $276m for Dandenong line upgrade: The Dandenong rail line will get a $276 million upgrade to allow it to take faster, high-capacity trains
Victoria state budget: Government to spend $49b, rack up huge debt to turn Victoria around (theage.com.au)

Can't find any details elsewhere. Considering that HCMT should have already been running, what does it entail? Is it fresh funding or a re-announcement?
  Carnot Minister for Railways

I suspect it might be more overhead wiring and power supply upgrades to handle the HCMTs heavy use of 1500 VDC...

These HCMTs better be worth it. They seen to me to be an unending money pit.
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
The actual figures on Tim Pallas and his budget are pretty gob-smacking. There's a deficit of $23 billion, which is money they need to borrow that they haven't actually found yet. In all the State Government of Victoria's overall debt is projected to hit $154,000,000,000 by 2024 - which is more than five times the 'crisis' level of the last few years of the Cain/Kirner government.

The wages bill for the public service will balloon out by an additional 10% in the coming year - most of which will be borrowed at around 4.4% according to Pallas. So they're spending money on the wages of people that they can't afford by getting future generations of Victorians to pay for it.

What could possibly go wrong?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I suspect it might be more overhead wiring and power supply upgrades to handle the HCMTs heavy use of 1500 VDC...

These HCMTs better be worth it. They seen to me to be an unending money pit.
Carnot

It really comes down to confidence of the project and given recently events and other projects you have a right to be concerned.  Is it time to look at AC for the entire regional network when electrified and dump DC entirely in the planning?

Perhaps dual voltage deployment?
  Carnot Minister for Railways

A good summary here by Tim Colebatch. I would like to see some Business Cases, and then there's all the money promised in previous budgets that went no where (i.e Ballarat Freight Seperation Project, Goulburn Valley Freight Study?):

https://insidestory.org.au/stimulus-and-more-for-victoria/
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
I suspect it might be more overhead wiring and power supply upgrades to handle the HCMTs heavy use of 1500 VDC...

These HCMTs better be worth it. They seen to me to be an unending money pit.
Carnot
Aren't they using 3000V?
  Carnot Minister for Railways

HCMTs are nominally rated for 1950 VDC but can run on 1500 VDC, and have future provision for 3000V.  Remember, they are sharing the same tracks and overhead as Comengs and Siemens sparks (along with XTraps in places).

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