Liberal candidate Sam Gayed.

Bendigo’s Liberal candidate Sam Gayed said the Liberal Government is investing in the infrastructure needs of the community as he reaffirmed the party’s commitment to
major transport projects.

In a media release, Mr Gayed said the federal government is investing $82 million for the Bendigo and Echuca rail lines to ensure faster and more frequent services along the line.

In 2017, the state government announced that it had secured $91 million for an
upgrade to both rail lines.

Mr Gayed noted overtaking lanes and upgrades to rest
areas along the Calder Highway between Bendigo and Mildura as being part of the Coalition’s $10 million contribution to safer travel along this road.

“Only the Liberals have a proven track record when it comes to management of the budget,” Mr Gayed said.

“By paying down Labor’s debt and growing the economy, we can afford to deliver these projects for our local community.”

Federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters said that the Liberal Party was trying to pass off an existing project as new money.

“Unfortunately, for us here in Victoria, we have had to fight too hard for every dollar from the federal government,” Ms Chesters said.

“We have only received about 7.7 per cent of the federal government’s national
infrastructure budget.”

Ms Chesters described Mr Gayed’s announcement as a “stunt” and said it demonstrates how out of touch the party is with Bendigo.

“Frankly, the Liberals must think we’ve got short memories. We don’t,” she said.