Train stopover decision reversed
The decision to bypass KalgoorlieBoulder on the Indian Pacific itinerary has been reversed after the City’s community leaders banded together to “sell” the destination.
Announcing the good news yesterday, Kalgoorlie MLA Wendy Duncan said she was “wrapped” and added it was an example of how the community could make a difference when it got together.
In September last year, train op- erator Great Southern Rail announced the three-hour stopover in Kalgoorlie-Boulder would be moved to Rawlinna, a decision that would have significantly affected the town’s tourism operators.
The basis of the decision was the itinerary already featured a mining town in Broken Hill, so Ms Duncan, with the backing of several Goldfields organisations, went to Brookfield Rail and Great Southern Rail to discuss the changes.
As a result of those discussions, from August 2 the Sunday evening stopover will be reinstated between 8.50pm and 11.55pm, and Ms Duncan said she was confident the situation could still be improved.
“They are still yet to put the change up on the website, but they will be doing it in the coming weeks,” she said.
“They’ve let me know the decision has definitely been changed.
“One of things I’ve learnt is don’t give up, don’t admit defeat before you’ve even started the fight.”
It was estimated the loss of numbers to Hannans North Tourist Mine would have been about 8000 people a year and Goldfields Tours serviced 12,000 customers directly from the Indian Pacific last year.
“We took all that to Great Southern Rail knowing we had to compete with Broken Hill, which is why we gave them a broad picture of what a day in Kalgoorlie would be like,” Ms Duncan said.
“We gave them anecdotal evidence of return visits, how the stopovers turned into stays of a few nights because people loved the town so much.”
Mayor Ron Yuryevich welcomed the news and said the City was committed to selling KalgoorlieBoulder as a tourist destination for passengers of the Indian Pacific.
“It’s great news and something we have been working towards so it’s excellent they are going to reinstate the stopover,” he said.
“Now that they have made the decision … Council and the tourism industry will get together to make sure Kalgoorlie-Boulder in this three-hour window impresses our visitors.”