Train stopover de­ci­sion re­versed

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Clare Kenyon and Jas­mine Bam­ford

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.”

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