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Duplication boon

The duplication of Barwon Heads Road will provide a total economic benefit of $569 million, with travel time savings amounting to $356 million, according to a new Infrastructure Australia assessment.

“With the Morrison Government contributing $292 million or 80 per cent of the funding, we are determined to build the infrastructure our community deserves,” federal Victorian senator Sarah Henderson said.

“It is wonderful that construction is now well underway.”

Fibre research plea

Local federal MPs on both sides of the political fence have urged the CSIRO not to close its Geelong Technology Precinct Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus.

Labor MP Libby Coker described the purported move as “a backwards step”, while Liberal senator Sarah Henderson labelled the decision “disgraceful”.

Commuter chaos continues

Coaches will continue to replace trains for the majority of services on the Geelong line in coming days, with just one new train service reinstated yesterday.

The disruption comes as about 300 V/Line drivers and staff continue to isolate after eight employees tested positive for COVID-19.