Kiwi rail visit

Central and North Burnett Times - - VOICE OF THE BURNETT -

LAST weekend the Bur­nett Boyne Rail Line Preser­va­tion Group wel­comed a visit to Monto from Neill Op­patt and John Gur­ney from New Zealand.

Neil and John, who have wide and ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in es­tab­lish­ing and op­er­at­ing rail tourism projects, were in Monto to look over the rail line from Monto to Many Peaks.

Their con­clu­sion was the line was of such sig­nif­i­cant value it must be re­tained at all costs.

The po­ten­tial to gen­er­ate vi­able tourism for Monto is un­lim­ited and with sup­port from the right people, the chance of this hap­pen­ing is good.

To date how­ever, sup­port from lo­cal and State Govern­ment has been ex­tremely limited, if at all.

To pull it up and re­move

Jack Muller

The po­ten­tial to gen­er­ate vi­able tourism for Monto is un­lim­ited.

all the cul­verts, bridges etc would prob­a­bly cost much more than it is worth.

Once the line has gone that is the end of it.

We have found out that in New Zealand and in other states of Aus­tralia, coun­cils and gov­ern­ments have been only too pleased to help fa­cil­i­tate the es­tab­lish­ment of rail parks.

To give you an ex­am­ple of the hur­dles, there is a re­quire­ment to pay $1000 for pa­per­work to ap­ply for a li­cence to op­er­ate a rail­way.

If you did not pro­ceed with the ap­pli­ca­tion there is no re­fund.

The LNP Govern­ment lists tourism as one of its pil­lars of pol­icy.

Here is their chance to do some­thing for Monto.

Give the line and in­fra­struc­ture to the com­mu­nity and give it the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop some­thing that will pro­vide eco­nomic ben­e­fits. JACK MULLER


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