Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Rattler Looks to a Bright Future

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Rattler Looks to a Bright Future

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Arthur Gorrie

Reporter

arthur.gorrie@gympietimes.com

A SPECIAL committee meeting of the Mary Valley Heritage Rail organisation last night was an early step towards survival for the iconic organisation, which has been an important part of the Mary Valley economy.

That was until track failures led to the steam train being put off the rails.

A special $2 million State Government grant is expected to greatly improve the outlook for supporters of the Rattler, even if track repairs are unlikely, at least for now, to take the train much past Dagun.

MP David Gibson last night had the job of explaining to the Rattler committee the mutual obligations which will apply; particularly what the government expects in return for the money.

Mr Gibson said yesterday the government requirements mainly involved new systems of accountability and financial administration, as part of a package to revitalise the service, which once formed a vital tourist link between Gympie and Imbil. …

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