Kiwi rail visit
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
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