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‘I think I can, I think I can’ - Rattler chugs towards funding

LIKE the Little Engine That Could, the Mary Valley Rattler continued to inch its way towards the summit this week, with the Rattler Railway Company holding a "very positive meeting" with the new State Government.

RRC director Garry Davison said two representatives from State Development Minister Anthony Lynham's office travelled to Gympie for the meeting, and mapped out the immediate way forward for the stranded locomotive.

The RRC has been asked to revisit the business plan it took to the former State Government to secure the money for track and engine repairs.

That plan was based on costings and prices that are now 12-18 months old, Mr Davison said.

Once the "revisit" is completed, the tweaked plan will be presented to the Minister, and the RRC will sit down with his department staff to develop a plan to show the Rattle viable.

A decision on the fate of the $2.6 million will then be made, it is expected.

Mr Davison hopes this will all take place within the next two months.

"It (Thursday's meeting) was certainly not negative and we are not back at square one," he said yesterday.

"It certainly did not give us an indication that the money was promised by a previous State Government and that the new State Government was not interested in the project.

"But because there is a new Minister, he wants a full understanding of the situation." The RRC will meet next Friday and the begin liaisons to develop the updated business plan to take to the Minister.

Gympie Times

Topics:  gympie regional council, mary valley rattler, state politics




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