As Sir Humphrey said "Minister never commission a Study unless you know the outcome, beforehand ........."
Well in the case of Mildura Government already knows the outcome, so they commission a report . That officially gives a stamp that it would be a financial doozie. Government can then like Leongatha walk a way with only collateral damage .
Report will say times have changed, too costly, alternative and faster services already available via Swan Hill.
One cannot alter this fact - that even the existing train/coach via Swan Hill will always be faster than any direct train operating to Mildura via Donald even at 115 kmh on Class-2 track . Such a quality track would cost $ millions to upgrade from 80kmh (existing), and more importantly cost a fortune to maintain to that track standard as north of Donald the track runs over a very unstable sub base .
The Study like Leongatha (last year) is just a step (albeit it costly) to put the thing to death finally .