A concept drawing for the planned duplication of Waurn Ponds Railway Station. (Supplied)

Duplication closer

The duplication of eight kilometres of rail from South Geelong to Waurn Ponds has moved a step closer with the state and federal governments calling for tenders for the project.

With Geelong’s population set to grow by almost 50 per cent in the next 30 years, the $1 billion project will allow a significant expansion of train services on the Geelong line.

Level crossing removals at Fyans Street and Surf Coast Highway are also key parts of the project.

Fire breaks

Firefighters are set to complete 108 hectares of fuel breaks at Lorne, Aireys Inlet and Anglesea, Forest Fire Management Victoria has announced.

Surf Coast Shire and CFA have partnered to deliver the 35-kilometre project, funded by a $1.5 million Victorian government grant.

Shadow cabinet reshuffle

Corio MP and deputy federal opposition leader Richard Marles has become opposition spokesman for national reconstruction, employment, skills and small business, and science.

Brendon O’Connor takes over as opposition spokesman for defence from Mr Marles following opposition leader Anthony Albanese’s shadow cabinet reshuffle this week.

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