Mick Curran at Rattler Central, the Old Gympie Railway Station.
Mick Curran at Rattler Central, the Old Gympie Railway Station. Renee Albrecht

Rattler investment brings boom to Amamoor

FAILURE to invest in the Rattler "will have a significant effect both directly and indirectly throughout the entire region,” according to the EarthCheck report.

And "every year of delay in deciding the future of the Valley Rattler results in higher cumulative maintenance costs in the long term,” the consultant warns.

The report recommends a new version of the Rattler which would bring a tourism boom to Amamoor, a largely ignored stop on the old Rattler route to Imbil.

And the Tozer St precinct, dominated by the Old Gympie Railway Station is looking towards a cafe society future comparable to similarly old-turned-new city areas, like Brisbane's Paddington and Caxton St.

"The Old Gympie Station is 101 years old and has heritage significance,” the report says.

It is described by the consultant as a "key component” in its operating models. "While the buildings are still generally sound, age and deferred maintenance have taken their toll and will require attention prior to recommending railway services.”

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