Shire ready to negotiate on tram lease
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.