TODAY: MP Tony Perrett is expected to join Mayor Mick Curran on the board of Mary Valley Community Holdings.
TODAY: MP Tony Perrett is expected to join Mayor Mick Curran on the board of Mary Valley Community Holdings.

New directors all aboard on fight to save the Rattler

GYMPIE Regional Council will vote today on the appointment of Mayor Mick Curran and Gympie MP Tony Perrett to the board of Mary Valley Community Holdings Ltd, the company set up to control the Rattler's assets and oversee operation of the Rattler Railway Company.

The duo will replace former mayor, the late Ron Dyne, and former Gympie MP David Gibson on the board.

The council came under fire from Mr Gibson earlier this year because it had failed to make the change in directors; an oversight Mr Gibson flagged as a sign the council was not serious about saving the Rattler.

But Cr Curran has vehemently denied this, maintaining that a "softly softly" approach with the new Labor State Government would be more productive in securing the $2.6 million promised by the LNP (but never seen) to get the Rattler back on track.

The council will today hear that on May 8, the RRC signed an offer of rail accreditation from the Rail Safety Unit of the Department of Transport and Main Roads, making it the rail infrastructure manager and rail operator of the Mary Valley line.

"Prior to Christmas, commitments totalling $2.6 million had been made and the RRC was awaiting a response from the state government regarding the business plan," a report to the council today reads.

"Since the election, efforts have been made to seek a response from the government regarding the funding and the RRC is meeting next week with Deputy Director General of the Major Projects Office of the State Government to progress the matter."

Gympie Times


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