UPHILL BATTLE: Long-serving volunteer and former manager Ted Mitchell says it is imperative the revived Rattler go all the way to Imbil within 12 months of becoming operational again.
UPHILL BATTLE: Long-serving volunteer and former manager Ted Mitchell says it is imperative the revived Rattler go all the way to Imbil within 12 months of becoming operational again. Craig Warhurst

Rattler Railway Company not worried about missing out on funds

RATTLER Railway Company director Garry Davison is not surprised there was no mention of the Mary Valley steam railway service in the Queensland Budget.

"But I wouldn't have been surprised if it had been included," he said yesterday.

"We've had discussions with some departmental people - from Transport, QR and Infrastructure and they've asked us to re-submit the business plan, with some updates on details that were a couple of years old.

"We're still planning to go to Amamoor first and then Imbil hopefully in the long run.

"They're going to run it past their numbers people and if it comes up well enough they'll take it to the Minister.

"What the Minister wants to know is if it's viable and, is it something with a future?

"Just because they haven't mentioned it in this year's budget doesn't mean it won't go ahead.

"There are different things they can do and they have to make that decision.

"They might decide to contract the work out or get QR to do it with the machinery they have already.

"They might decide to do some work at Ipswich."

Referring to agitation from volunteers association proponent Ken Coulter for the workshops to be reopened, Mr Davison said there was a cost with that and the board first of all would need to know what was happening.

"We'll certainly be calling on all the volunteers, once we know the funding program and which way it's going to work."

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