LODDON MALLEE

REGIONAL PRIORITIES

Category: Initiatives

The GMW Connections Project is building a stronger more sustainable future for irrigation agriculture across the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District. More than $2 billion of Commonwealth and Victorian funding is being invested to create a network that delivers water when and where it’s needed.

The project will increase aviation infrastructure capacity at Bendigo Airport including a new runway, lighting and taxiways aimed at ensuring viability of critical emergency services, current and future aviation business and the attraction of Regular Public Transport operations.

Mildura Airport Airside Pavement Upgrade will provide resurfacing, strengthening and extension of the existing Mildura Airport runway surface, to cater for increased traffic movements over the next 15 years and to comply with critical CASA standards. Funding is being sought from both State and Federal Governments for this $24.7 million project.

Results of the Railing Ahead community survey show that the people of the Swan Hill region have a clear message for the Victorian Government – improved passenger rail services for northern Victoria is a key priority. Almost 1000 survey responses were received in relation to the Swan Hill and Echuca rail services.

The Loddon Mallee RDA is seeking funding to support Dual track operation between Bendigo and Kyneton. The patronage of the Bendigo VLine service has increased to 1.25 million trips per year. To meet economic and population demands, investment is needed in capacity improvements on the Bendigo Swan Hill and Echuca railway lines.

Between $200 – $250 million is required to construct the second Echuca Moama bridge. Substantial increases in tourist traffic, freight and population growth as well as the increased freight load requirements of new higher mass limited trucks has created the need for a second Echuca Moama Bridge Crossing. Many freight vehicles are forced to either use a longer route or switch to a less efficient older-style truck.

The Becoming Digital Toolkit was developed under the guidance of stakeholder group iLoddonMallee to assist local governments in Loddon Mallee to develop their own local digital strategy. Launched in November 2013, the Toolkit describes a staged approach to the development and implementation of a local digital strategy. The Toolkit includes suggested projects/actions to adopt for individual strategies, some of which can be undertaken in collaboration.