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.

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