All aboard as plans for the Rattler chug ahead

GETTING the Mary Valley Rattler running again has moved a step closer with the formal creation of the holding company (Mary Valley Railway Holding Company) and trading company (Rattler Railway Company).

Under the structure developed by the State Government and Gympie Regional Council, the council has supported the creation of the holding company.

This will control the assets required for providing the service while the trading company, in association with the volunteers, will be responsible for the operation of the Mary Valley Rattler.

Member for Gympie David Gibson and Mayor Ron Dyne both stated that the directors appointed to the board of the trading company have a wealth of expertise and have a willingness to work hard to identify a suitable operating model for a financially sustainable re-commencement of the service.

The directors are:

  •  Paul Barnaby - chartered accountant;
  •  Spencer Slatter - president Gympie Turf Club
  •  Gaylene Smith - Mary Valley business consultant and member of council's Tourism Advisory Committee and MV Economic Development Advisory Group;
  •  Ian McNicol - board member, Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd;
  •  Garry Davison - Gympie Chamber of Commerce;
  •  Adrian Hurley - Aurizon management (heavy rail operations), member of MVHR;
  •  Tony Hallam - president MVHR.

The directors will be joined by a councillor from Gympie Regional Council who is yet to be appointed.

Mr Gibson and Cr Dyne have stressed that a recommencement of the service is not yet 100% guaranteed and the ongoing financial sustainability is a key issue.

However both are satisfied that every possible effort is being made to get the Mary Valley Rattler back on track.

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