Carey sees how lit­tle train can con­nect

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

COUN­CIL can­di­date David Carey wants to see a tourist train line con­nect­ing Port Dou­glas and Moss­man, as an eco­nomic boost for both towns.

“A lot of fam­i­lies come to Port Dou­glas,” he told the Gazette. “Every­body loves a train ride.”

He touched on his idea at the elec­tion fo­rum in Moss­man on Tues­day night in re­sponse to a ques­tion.

“Given most of the in­fra­struc­ture is al­ready there it’s just a matter of work­ing out the lo­gis­tics. And it might be some­thing that only runs dur­ing the peak sea­son.

“I reckon peo­ple could make a whole day’s trip over to Moss­man – visit the Gorge, drift up into town, and that would help the Moss­man econ­omy, be­cause busi­nesses there com­plain tourists don’t stop in.

“That’s what they’re try­ing to do with the Moss­man Botanic Gar­dens. Maybe there could be a lit­tle sta­tion in Rain­trees.”

Cr Carey said he floated the idea at coun­cil a long time ago but “per­haps it was a bit pre­ma­ture” and re­ceived lit­tle sup­port from other coun­cil­lors.

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