Gippsland Rail Infrastructure Upgrades Funding & Completion

Ms BATH (Eastern Victoria) (12:42): (1868) My constituency question is for the Minister for Transport Infrastructure in the other place. A constituent contacted me yesterday to question your media release in relation to newly minted federal minister Catherine King, where she deceptively said:

That’s why the Australian Government is investing $447.7 million into this upgrade, creating better transport links in the region for locals and visitors.

This significant funding was provided by the former Liberal and National government and indeed specifically through the hardworking efforts of my colleague the Honourable Darren Chester, Fwderal Member for Gippsland. and was annouced in 2018.

Upgrades to Gippsland stations are long overdue, and my constituent is sceptical that these time lines for completion will occur by the end of 2022. Will you, Minister, guarantee that the completion date for the end of 2022 will be met?