It will boost productive potential of regional community
Australia: Victoria awards $2.5 million in grants to support LNG fueling network
The Victorian Coalition Government has invested a total of $8.3 million that will benefit local freight operators. Speaking at EVOL, LNG's launch of a new dual-fuel system, Minister for Regional Cities Denis Napthine announced that $2.5 million will be allocated for a project to equip five public stations with LNG refueling infrastructure for heavy vehicles across the state.
This initiative, starting with Wodonga as the first location, will complement the Coalition Government's Energy for the Regions program, which aims to provide natural gas to regional and rural communities across Victoria.
"LNG provides a number of advantages for trucking operators including lower carbon and nitrogen emissions with LNG vehicles also noticeably quieter than their diesel equivalents," noted Napthine. "This funding will also lower the cost to transport goods to our regions and give our regional producers access to lower cost options for delivering their products to our ports or to market."
In addition, Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan said: "The Coalition Government is constantly investing in infrastructure and services, while building networks, creating employment and improving necessary facilities. We are determined to encourage greater investment in the regions through new industry and business opportunities."
Source: Victoria Government