Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Safety Railway's Top Priority; Mary Valley Rattler Supporters Say Need for Recovery Plan Is Urgent

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Safety Railway's Top Priority; Mary Valley Rattler Supporters Say Need for Recovery Plan Is Urgent

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LEE

GAILER

REPORTER

lee.gailer@gympietimes.com

HISTORIC steam engine enthusiasts have called in their support for the Mary Valley Rattler, but said if the tourist train had any chance of operating again, a viable recovery plan would need to be put in place immediately.

They agree the Mary Valley Heritage Railway is an attraction of significant historical value, both for this region and Queensland, but the consensus is asafety firsta.

Member for Gympie David Gibson said he had been addressing the issue with both local and state governments for the past 12 months, but athe task ahead was significanta.

aThis is why we have called on community and business leaders to assist in a recovery plan for the MVHR,a he said.

aMyself, the mayor and the MVHR are working together to address the issues concerning inadequate track and rolling stock maintenance as raised in the report.

aI have (also) been in discussions with both the previous government and the Newman government in trying to obtain assistance and these discussions are ongoing. …

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