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Calls Grow to Keep Funding in Region

The Committee for Frankston & Mornington Peninsula welcomes Frankston City Council's decision to continue to advocate for funding previously earmarked for rail electrification beyond Frankston to remain in our region.

Critical funding for rail electrification and road upgrades is currently before the Federal Government's Independent Infrastructure Review, but there is uncertainty about whether any of that funding will remain in Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula.

The expectation is that the Federal Government will not proceed with two important projects for our region - the $225 million allocated towards rail electrification and the $75 million allocated towards the upgrade of the intersection at Jetty Road and the Mornington Peninsula Freeway in Rosebud.

If funding is not allocated towards these two projects, the Committee calls on the Federal Government to keep that funding in our region for other significant commitments that will help reduce congestion and improve public transport.

This could include funding towards road upgrades, funding for Nepean Highway boulevard and FMAC, better public transport connections for east-west journeys across the Mornington Peninsula, and early stage rail electrification to Leawarra - which would connect residents and visitors to the Frankston Hospital redevelopment and Monash University.

The Committee for Frankston & Mornington Peninsula welcomes Frankston City's advocacy on this issue and looks forward to working collaboratively with local government on key advocacy projects in Frankston.