Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Well-trained councillor does the locomotion

- ~ Monique Preston

It seems Murray River councillor Tom Weyrich has trains on his mind.

Cr Weyrich put two notices of motion before Tuesday’s Murray River Council meeting relating to tourism aspects of locomotive­s in the region.

He put one motion to his fellow councillor­s that Murray River Council re-engage with Campaspe Shire to refurbish the steam locomotive in the wharf area with a view to ultimately owning and running it in a joint agreement as a tourist attraction.

In a separate motion, Cr Weyrich also wants council to engage with tourism bodies, Campaspe Shire Council, Greater Bendigo City Council, Edward River Council and Regional Developmen­t Victoria to collaborat­e in the developmen­t of regular steam training services between Melbourne, or Bendigo, and Deniliquin.

He also wants stakeholde­rs to develop bookable products that include overnight stays and afterdark entertainm­ent.

In his rationale, in the agenda to this week’s council meeting, Cr Weyrich said “constant evolution

and re-birthing” was needed stay relevant in any industry.

“By supplement­ing the existing steam-powered paddleboat image with steam trains, there would not only be a renewal of interest in the former, but new interest generated by the latter,” he said.

“The promotion of a refreshed and broader steam image would give Echuca-Moama an opportunit­y to advertise longerstay packages by giving daytripper­s greater motivation to stay for a long weekend.”

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A vintage steam train into Echuca station in Photo by Cath Grey. pulls 2019. to

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