Opinion

Editorial: time to act on Mary Valley Rattler

HOPEFULLY a change of government won't mean a change of fortune for the Mary Valley Rattler.

The iconic steam train has been off the rails for more than two years now, ever since a derailment in the shunting yard sparked a safety review.

The LNP government came to the rescue with promises of $2.6m in funding. The money was to refurbish part of the track and steam engine.

Now the LNP has lost power the promises are looking a little shaky. Gympie Regional Council and new LNP member Tony Perrett need to act fast and talk to Annastacia Palaszczuk in an effort to shore up funding for the train. If I were in council, I would be making sure Cr Rae Gate was in the fold. I'm not sure how much pull she still has in the Labor Party, but her input wouldn't go astray.

The Gympie region can't afford to lose the Rattler.

Gympie Times

Topics:  editorial, history, mary valley rattler, trains



Confusion over council rules leaves planners in the dark

PLANNING QUESTIONS: Mike Hartley from Plansmart Development Solutions, with the commendation he was awarded for developing the Gympie Regional Council planning scheme.

Gympie land use planners say development rules are unpredictable

Gympie's boxing legend recalls first-class career in the ring

Muir competed and overcame some of the toughest bush boxers around

Meteor and earthquake strike Queensland in one night

Some assumed it was “a flare” or a “power surge”

Local Partners

PREVIEW: Luke Cage origin story is a strong addition to MCU

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage.

MIKE Colter stars as latest Marvel superhero to get his own series.

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

Emily Blunt's (almost) singing career

Emily Blunt nearly became the British Britney Spears.

Angelina is blocking calls from Brad Pritt

Angelina Jolie has reportedly blocked Brad Pitt's number.

Apocalyptica 'seek and destroy' sceptics with 'master' set

Apocalyptica play Max Watts in Brisbane on their Shadowmaker Tour.

Review of final show of Apocalyptica's tour

Rebecca Hall doesn't own a TV

Newspapers, yes. Television, not so much

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Highway upgrade drives momentum in affordable market

Accessibility and affordability are keeping interest high

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.