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MVHR Grant News.

I think MVHR will make an announcement on progress prior to Christmas.

However yesterday, at the Mary River Festival, enquiries from the public about when the Rattler would be operating again was answered by appropriate MVHR reps as :

1) MVHR is currently operating within Gympie for 1.3 kms
2) Will be operating into the Mary Valley next year anticipating an April/May start up.

Last weekend I sprayed the whole corridor for weeds - it was generally clear.

Hope that helps.

If/when an announcement is made, it will be posted here.
(10-Nov-2013, 03:41 PM)CNsylvester Wrote: MVHR Grant News.

I think MVHR will make an announcement on progress prior to Christmas.

However yesterday, at the Mary River Festival, enquiries from the public about when the Rattler would be operating again was answered by appropriate MVHR reps as :

1) MVHR is currently operating within Gympie for 1.3 kms
2) Will be operating into the Mary Valley next year anticipating an April/May start up.

Last weekend I sprayed the whole corridor for weeds - it was generally clear.

Hope that helps.

If/when an announcement is made, it will be posted here.
Thanks,old chap.That puts me in the picture. Alan.
(13-Nov-2013, 05:47 PM)Alan Parker Wrote: Thanks,old chap.That puts me in the picture. Alan.

http://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/must-...o/2093236/

Gympie Times (refers to MVHR)

GYMPIE'S two biggest icons - the Muster and the Mary Valley Rattler - have been bailed out by Gympie Regional Council.

The council has agreed to give the Gympie Muster a $300,000 interest-free loan to help get it through next year's event, and to oversee a new community trust which will take over the running of the Mary Valley Heritage Rail.

Muster chairman Glenn Smith said the Muster would ride out another year with the council's support.

"More than $250,000 is directly invested in local community groups that service and support the (Muster)," Mr Smith said.

"Visitors spend over $4.5 million during the festival; and broader promotion of the 'Gympie' brand is driving year-round tourism to the region.

"As a not-for-profit organisation, more than $14 million in proceeds raised by the event have been donated to local charities and communities over the past 30 years.

"In addition, the Gympie Music Muster has launched the careers of some of Australia's biggest names in country music, including Keith Urban and Troy Cassar Daley. The Muster is an institution.

"The support of the council means we can start to plan for another successful event and keep the Muster legend alive as it enters its fourth decade."

Gympie MP David Gibson, who helped broker the deal with the MVHR, said the Rattler's future had been secured with the agreement by GRC in principle and MVHR membership to establish a community trust as a company limited by guarantee.

The council will be the holding company which appoints the board to run the trust.

The licence to operate (the Rattler) will also be issued to the council which will then sub-lease the licence to the Trust.

The new structure is what was recommended by the business advisory group in February and accepted by the State Government as a condition to securing the $2 million funding in June.

"The next steps will see the new Trust established and working with MVHR and locals to co-ordinate a smooth transition to the new structure which will include a separate trading company responsible for the operation of the Rattler," Mr Gibson said.

Once the new structure is established there will be an announcement of the contractor to undertake repair work on the Mary Valley branch line, he said.

Cr Dyne said the council recognised the important role the Rattler played in the local economy and its importance to the Mary Valley, and was therefore willing to participate in ensuring the Rattler could re-commence operations.

"The service must be sustainable on a stand-alone basis and the council is willing to work with the State Government and MVHR to achieve this," he said. "The volunteers will continue to be the backbone of the service and will be supported by the skills-based board of the trading company."

MVHR president Tony Hallam said the agreement of the council was a vital step toward the re-introduction of heritage rail services into the Mary Valley.

"The MVHR dedicated 2013 to retaining rail, business and volunteer activity, so as to secure a platform for the re-booting of the Valley Rattler," Mr Hallam said.
(23-Nov-2013, 11:01 AM)CNsylvester Wrote:
(13-Nov-2013, 05:47 PM)Alan Parker Wrote: Thanks,old chap.That puts me in the picture. Alan.

http://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/must-...o/2093236/

Gympie Times (refers to MVHR)

GYMPIE'S two biggest icons - the Muster and the Mary Valley Rattler - have been bailed out by Gympie Regional Council.

The council has agreed to give the Gympie Muster a $300,000 interest-free loan to help get it through next year's event, and to oversee a new community trust which will take over the running of the Mary Valley Heritage Rail.

Muster chairman Glenn Smith said the Muster would ride out another year with the council's support.

"More than $250,000 is directly invested in local community groups that service and support the (Muster)," Mr Smith said.

"Visitors spend over $4.5 million during the festival; and broader promotion of the 'Gympie' brand is driving year-round tourism to the region.

"As a not-for-profit organisation, more than $14 million in proceeds raised by the event have been donated to local charities and communities over the past 30 years.

"In addition, the Gympie Music Muster has launched the careers of some of Australia's biggest names in country music, including Keith Urban and Troy Cassar Daley. The Muster is an institution.

"The support of the council means we can start to plan for another successful event and keep the Muster legend alive as it enters its fourth decade."

Gympie MP David Gibson, who helped broker the deal with the MVHR, said the Rattler's future had been secured with the agreement by GRC in principle and MVHR membership to establish a community trust as a company limited by guarantee.

The council will be the holding company which appoints the board to run the trust.

The licence to operate (the Rattler) will also be issued to the council which will then sub-lease the licence to the Trust.

The new structure is what was recommended by the business advisory group in February and accepted by the State Government as a condition to securing the $2 million funding in June.

"The next steps will see the new Trust established and working with MVHR and locals to co-ordinate a smooth transition to the new structure which will include a separate trading company responsible for the operation of the Rattler," Mr Gibson said.

Once the new structure is established there will be an announcement of the contractor to undertake repair work on the Mary Valley branch line, he said.

Cr Dyne said the council recognised the important role the Rattler played in the local economy and its importance to the Mary Valley, and was therefore willing to participate in ensuring the Rattler could re-commence operations.

"The service must be sustainable on a stand-alone basis and the council is willing to work with the State Government and MVHR to achieve this," he said. "The volunteers will continue to be the backbone of the service and will be supported by the skills-based board of the trading company."

MVHR president Tony Hallam said the agreement of the council was a vital step toward the re-introduction of heritage rail services into the Mary Valley.

"The MVHR dedicated 2013 to retaining rail, business and volunteer activity, so as to secure a platform for the re-booting of the Valley Rattler," Mr Hallam said.

Handover to new company completed..... now for some action.
http://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/rattl...g/2345779/

MARY Valley Heritage Rail president Tony Hallam admits it was not easy.

But yesterday he handed ownership of MVHR assets to new owner, the Rattler Railway Company.

And is everybody happy?

"Oh yes," he said.

But addressing the concerns of MVHR members and volunteers had taken time - months, in fact.

"There was a complexity of issues needing to be identified and discussed," he said at the Old Gympie Railway Station.

"This is a big event," he said, after publicly signing over the assets - leases, spare parts, engines, rolling stock and tools - which the company will need.

MP David Gibson signed on behalf of the Queensland Government, while Infrastructure Department director general of major projects, Stuart Pickering, looked on, as did Rattler company chairman Paul Barnaby, secretary Gaylene Smith and director Garry Davison.

"This is a significant milestone in the rebooting of the Rattler," Mr Gibson said.

The next milestone would be "getting the track up to standard so we can see the Rattler running from Gympie back into the Mary Valley."

And yes, he said, he believed that would eventually mean running all the way to Imbil.

But that would still be some distance "down the track," he said.

Recently discussed development of foot and bike paths on "unused railway land" in the Valley would be in the other section of the former government railway line, from Imbil to Brooloo.

"By 2015, I hope we will see a fully scheduled regular operation in place.

"The MVHR needed funding and today's agreement allows that funding to be provided," he said.

He described as "a significant event" the signing of hand-over documents by the three bodies - MVHR, the Rattler company and the state Infrastructure Department.
Quote:But yesterday he handed ownership of MVHR assets to new owner, the Rattler Railway Company.

Who or what is the "Rattler Railway Company" and what is the goverment involvement?
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(09-Aug-2014, 04:33 PM)Coyote Wrote:
Quote:But yesterday he handed ownership of MVHR assets to new owner, the Rattler Railway Company.

Who or what is the "Rattler Railway Company" and what is the goverment involvement?
The Rattler Railway Company is the new not for profit company that will operate the train. MVHR as it was known will no longer control the day to day operation of the railway. All assets required for the operation of the railway have been transferred to the new company.
The board administering the RRC are a complete new set of faces from the local Gympie community.
The transfer of assets to the new company now triggers the release of the grant funding that has been on the table for a while now. The availability of these funds was conditional on the formation of the new company and transfer of assets from MVHR ownership to the RRC.
Big question: Will this fix it?

If it does (and I hope it does), will that provide the way forward for other groups in the state (and perhaps elsewhere)?
Graham R - Dalby Qld
Any opinions expressed here are my own and not those of any group or organisation I am associated with.
Member Southern Downs Steam Railway | ARHS Qld
(10-Aug-2014, 02:28 PM)Graham4405 Wrote: Big question: Will this fix it?

If it does (and I hope it does), will that provide the way forward for other groups in the state (and perhaps elsewhere)?
It will only fix it if people get behind the project. It will require a lot of volunteer input in all areas.
If you want to see it succeed, roll up your sleeves and have some input.
The new company will be looking for people to fill all positions involved with the operation of the railway.
Friends of the Rattler Newsletter 15 February 2016
We are pleased to give a progress report on the activities that were outlined in the Rattler Railway Company update in December.
Again, while not pre-empting the Government’s decision on funding for the Rattler, we are encouraged for a positive outcome as a result of the work we have been doing with the State Department of Development and other Government stakeholders in the past, and in particular in the last three weeks.
We have also progressed plans with Volunteers and regulators to prepare a scope of work to meet the necessary WH&S and Rail Safety requirements to reopen the Gympie workshop site.
This week we formed a Volunteer Advisory Group. Adrian Hurley, Ken Coulter, Peter Alder and Ralph Richardson agreed to work with the RRC Board as this advisory group, in preparing for the re-opening of the workshop.
The advisory group will invite a group of volunteers to be on the taskforce to prepare the workshop to ensure it will comply with current WH&S requirements. We look forward to working with the Volunteer Advisory Group on this important project.
The RRC would also like to record our appreciation for the strong support of the Gympie Regional Council over this interim period.
We thank you for your continued interest and support. We also appreciate there are many in our community who would like to help to get the Rattler back on track. We encourage you to email us at info@thevalleyrattler.com.au to register your interest and skills.
Please feel free to forward this on to others who may be interested in becoming a Friend of the Rattler Volunteer.

Ian McNicol
Chairman
Rattler Railway Company
Contact email: info@thevalleyrattler.com.au


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