Valley Rattler back on track thanks to Qld budget funding
THE Valley Rattler will be back on track in 2014 with a $2 million funding injection.
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said the money would go toward recommissioning the Mary Valley Line to get the heritage tourism train running again and bring economic benefit to the Gympie region.
"The Rattler is a local tourism icon.
"This funding will help get it back on the tracks, but its long-term viability will be reliant on revenue from both ticketing and external funding to meet operational expenses, such as ongoing maintenance and asset replacement costs," he said.
Mr Seeney said he would also work with the Gympie Regional Council, as well as other government agencies and stakeholders to fund the rattler beyond 2014.
"It will be team effort, but recommissioning the Mary Valley Line and getting the Valley Rattler back on track will boost local tourism and provide a lasting legacy for the Mary Valley community."
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