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Victorian Roads Minister Terry Mulder says a scheme to transfer more freight from roads to rail could eventually target the Port of Portland.
Warrnambool company Wettenhals is taking part in the current round of the Government's rail freight investment scheme, along with companies at Tocumwal, Mildura and Horsham.
Mr Mulder says the $10 million scheme will cover about 50,000 containers being transported to the Port of Melbourne.
He says if it works well, it could be extended to cover freight transported to the Port of Portland.
"Certainly when you look at the Port of Portland, there are opportunities there, we're prepared to explore those going forward," he said.
"I would like to [see] how this scheme works over the next 12 months, we can evaluate it further and then we can look at other opportunities but it would be dependent on the funding being available naturally."
The Government says the scheme will remove trucks from the Princes Highway.
"We do get an awful lot of heavy vehicle traffic up and down the Princes Highway, particularly out of the Warrnambool area, and the container rise traffic that was hitting the road will be on the rail network," Mr Mulder said.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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