Australian Sugar Cane Railway Vice President Ron Stitt is still in limbo over the future of the attraction.
Australian Sugar Cane Railway Vice President Ron Stitt is still in limbo over the future of the attraction. Max Fleet

Tourist train in limbo

THREE months after the state government community cabinet meeting in August, the much-loved tourist train at the Bundaberg Botanical Gardens is still in limbo between two state government departments.

In August, the NewsMail reported the tourist train was under threat of closure because it may have to be accredited with Queensland Transport (QT) as a mainline railway, while continuing to follow Queensland Workplace Health and Safety regulations.

The train has not had an accident in more than 20 years operating in the area.

The group was meeting with Transport Minister Rachel Nolan during the cabinet to work its way through the red tape nightmare.

Australian Sugar Cane Railway vice-president Ron Stitt said the organisation was now seeking “professional advice” about parts of the Transport Infrastructure Act.

“QT has indicated to us they want us to move across and be accredited with it — we’re still registered with workplace health and safety, which is very important to us,” he said.

“QT has never given to us in writing what the accreditation will do to us.”

The group will meet with QT next year and the train has continued to operate despite the cloud hanging over its future.


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