Shire ready to ne­go­ti­ate on tram lease

Midwest Times - - TIMES NEWS - Ge­off Vi­vian

Carnar­von’s old tramway may be back in op­er­a­tion after the Shire coun­cil agreed to ne­go­ti­ate with the Carnar­von Her­itage Group, which lost its lease of the tramway on Bab­bage Is­land and the One Mile Jetty in 2016.

Shire of Carnar­von pres­i­dent Karl Bran­den­burg said the group re­quested a lease re­newal at the time but the coun­cil re­fused to renew the lease un­til the group pro­vided a busi­ness plan ad­dress­ing its sus­tain­abil­ity.

“There have been many plans in the past but un­for­tu­nately peo­ple leave town,” he said.

“None of us would want to see Carnar­von with­out its tramway line or its One Mile Jetty so we need to all get to­gether now to get some mod­el­ling and some plan­ning to get the tourism side of it on track again.”

Last week the coun­cil voted to re­verse its 2016 de­ci­sion to al­low the group to pre­pare a case for a new lease. “We are will­ing to sit down and ne­go­ti­ate with the her­itage group,” Cr Bran­den­burg said.

“I imag­ine they will come to us with their pro­pos­als once they have got their plan­ning in place and ne­go­ti­ate a lease for the is­land and the One Mile Jetty.”

Cr Bran­den­burg said the old steam train that used to run on the line stopped sev­eral years ago be­cause the jetty no longer met en­gi­neer­ing com­pli­ance re­quire­ments for such a heavy ve­hi­cle.

“In the mean­time a lit­tle ‘cof­fee pot’ train, which is a kids’ toy ran out to the jetty, but even that stopped about a month ago,” he said.

“We hope the group can get per­mis­sion for it to start run­ning again and for it to come into town.”

Shire pres­i­dent Karl Bran­den­burg.

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