Cattle underpass gets funding from Port of Melbourne lease

West Victoria MP James Purcell is thrilled to see  the Cattle Underpass Scheme (CUPS) funded from money from the lease of the Port of Melbourne.

The Government announced $3 million had been allocated to the scheme and dairy and beef farmers from across Victoria are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $50,000 for cattle underpasses. Funding will be available from December 2016 onwards.

"It's great to see Western Victoria is already seeing the benefits from the $970 million lease funds allocated to rural projects," says Mr Purcell.

“Cattle underpasses are essential for public safety and farm management. The increase in farm sizes has meant that the need to link farms on different sides of major roads has become an important issue.

“We have lobbied for funding for the CUPS project and worked hard to make sure it would be on the list of rural projects following the Port lease. I am very proud to have played a part in securing funding for the regions,” he says.

Mr Purcell says he will continue to work alongside Government and lobby for local projects to  ensure that Western Victoria sees its share of the funding.

“I look forward to working with the government in setting priorities for local farmers,” Mr Purcell says.