A new track will connect the main rail line with Dandenong South-based Salta Properties freight hub, helping reduce road congestion in Melbourne’s growing south east region.
The Committee for Greater Frankston has long advocated for improved international freight logistics in South East Melbourne. This project will better connect the high-tech industrial sector in Carrum Down and Dandenong South to overseas markets.
The $28m project has been led by the SouthEast Melbourne organisation under the guise of the ‘South-East Melbourne City Deal.’
To create the South East Freight Hub, the Australian Government invested $18.3 million in the project, and the Victorian Government invested $9.7 million.
South East Melbourne Chair Simon McKeon said: “A majority of South East Melbourne exporters have told us that it costs more to get freight to and through the Port of Melbourne than the cost of the overseas leg of the export trip. “The South East Freight Hub will help local manufacturers to export their goods to overseas markets more efficiently and at lower cost as well as providing similar relief for importers.”
“It is vital for jobs that our exports remain globally competitive.” “It is a win for manufacturers, a win for the environment, a win for the whole southeast of Melbourne and a win for Victoria.”