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Leongatha Travel and Cruise P:5662 3601 COMPASS ARCADE,
16 McCARTIN ST LEONGATHA
Leongatha Travel and Cruise P: 5662 3601 COMPASS ARCADE,
16 McCARTIN ST LEONGATHA
• 2 NIGHTS AT THE IBIS HOTEL PERTH
• PE RTH AND FRE MANTLE CITY AND SWAN RIVER CRUISE
• 2 NIGHTS IN GOLD SERVICE TWIN CABIN FROM PERTH TO ADELAIDE
• OFF TRAIN EXCURSION IN KALGOORLIE
• OUTBACK EXPERIENCE IN COOK
• ALL MEALS AND BEVERAGES ON BOARD THE INDIAN PACIFIC
• 2 NIGHTS IN GOLD SERVICE TWIN CABIN FROM ADELAIDE TO DARWIN OR VV
• OUTBACK EXPERIENCE IN MARLA (NORTHBOUND) OR
• OFF TRAIN EXCURSIONS IN ALICE SPRINGS AND KATHERINE
• ALL M EALS AND BEVERAGES ON BOARD THE GHAN
• 4 NIGHTS AT THE DARWIN CENTRAL HOTEL INCLUDING BREAKFAST DAILY
GOLD SERVICE TWIN SHARE
GOLD SERVICE TWIN SHARE
ADELAIDE TO DARWIN OR VV
6 NIGHTS, 7 DAYS
(SAVING OF $400 PER PERSON
OR $800 PER COUPLE)
(SAVING OF $500 PER PERSON
OR $1000 PER COUPLE)
Outback Explorer Lounge
BOOK EARLY AND
SAVE UP TO
Terms and conditions: Save up to $1000 per couple based on the Advance Purchase Adult Fare on The Ghan from Adelaide to Darwin or VV. Fares based on Gold Service Advance Purchase Fare per person twin share. Offer not available on The Ghan Expedition. For new bookings from 01 January 2016 for travel from 1
September 2016 - 31 March 2017. Advance Purchase fares are available in Gold Service and are subject to availability at time of booking and may not be available on the date first requested. In order to receive the Advance Purchase fare, bookings must be made a minimum of 6 months in advance. Full payment required
within 14 days of booking. Non-transferable. Non-refundable; 100% cancellation fee applies. Credit card fees may apply. Not available with any other offer. Timetables and Off Train Excursions are subject to change without notice. Two nights’ accommodation at Ibis Hotel Perth only valid on Friday and Saturday nights.
Blackout period for the Ibis Hotel Perth is 21-24 February 2017. Other blackout dates may apply, please call for details. Changes to alternative accommodation from Darwin Central Hotel or Ibis Hotel Perth may result in additional charges. For general terms and conditions of carriage please visit www.greatsouthernrail.
com.au. ATAS No. A10679.
PERTH TO ADELAIDE
4 NIGHTS, 5 DAYS
Tourist Rail disbands
From page 1
“No president, no vice president, no
treasurer, no mechanical manager, no
accreditation manager; even if you sus-
pended rail services you can’t do any-
thing without people in these roles.”
He said compliance work was not be-
ing done and indicated that the local or-
ganisation was under intense pressure
from peak bodies, having fallen foul of
the Registrar of Tourist and Heritage
Railways at Public Transport Victoria,
Adrian Ponton, who the group will have
to front later this month with a report of
Everyone was given their chance to
have a say, to hold out any hopes for a
reprieve. But there was none and, in the
end, the vote was taken and the decision
made to disband.
Even after that, it won’t be easy, ac-
cording to president Terry Franklin.
He said none of the assets of the group
could be sold to cover an undisclosed
level of local debt; instead all tools, piec-
es of equipment, maintenance trucks
and rolling stock had to be gifted to the
other tourist rail organisations around
“Take any personal tools you have here
today then leave your keys on the table
with me,” he said.
Mr Franklin said recent changes in
OH&S legislation had made it tougher
for organisations like SGTR to operate,
and he predicted that most other similar
organisations in the state would also go
“You can’t win with these people,” he
said of the state bureaucracy.
“Within five years there might be two
or three left (historic rail groups) in Vic-
toria out of 17. The legislation, the laws,
the rules, the OH&S; voluntary people
trying to do these jobs aren’t going to cut
it anymore,” he said.
“Puffing Billy has three paid, full-time
people doing this work.”
Suspension of activity was also ruled
out as an option.
“It’s too late. It has been happening
over the last 10 years, in fact we’ve prob-
ably been in that bracket since we start-
ed. We just haven’t had enough people.
“We’ve been playing catch-up all the
time and now it’s simply got too much.”
The decision will have immediate im-
plications for two events, booked to use
the trains and railway stations; a wed-
ding and a car club day.
Vicroads will also have to be notified
as the decision to stop running trains
will change their plans to upgrade sev-
eral rail crossings in the area, especially
the main crossing in McCartin Street/
Roughead Street where the tracks can
now be covered over for a smooth cross-
ing for the first time in more than 100
Future of rail
The rail enthusiasts group does how-
ever hold out hopes that commercial
rail services might one day return to the
South Gippsland line and several of the
members of SGTR pledged to get politi-
cally active in making it happen.
Some also expressed a view that the
development of the Port of Hastings
would make it more likely that the line
would be reopened.
While the train service will be no more,
a caretaker has been appointed to main-
tain the Korumburra railway museum
and to keep the station clean and tidy.
Community groups which use the Ny-
ora, Korumburra and Leongatha railway
stations will now have to make their own
arrangements with Victrack and other
What happens with the spread of
weeds on the rail reserve and other
problems with the deserted facilities is
Former maintenance manager for South Gippsland Tourist Rail, Mark Ban-
field, provided a few home truths about the lack of manpower to keep the rail
service going. M320316
THE adventure starts the moment you step on board,
and journey to some of the most beautiful and remote
destinations in Australia begins, with many amazing
off-train experiences to be enjoyed along the way.
The Adelaide to Darwin (or vice versa) on the Ghan
is an iconic journey, which takes you through the
heart of Australia with off train excursions capturing
the sights of the majestic Nitmiluk Gorge near Kather-
ine, the township of Alice Springs, and quirky Coober
The Adelaide to Darwin route is available for six
nights/seven days, allowing time to explore some of
this ancient land and its stories, and arrive at your des-
tination refreshed and ready for more adventures.
The Perth to Adelaide route on the Indian Pacific
takes you through the beautiful patchwork hills of the
Avon Valley and across the wide, ancient expanse of
the Nullabor Plain.
The Perth to Sydney route takes four nights/five
days, with some of the special deals available includ-
ing two-night’s accommodation in Perth, enjoy a Swan
River cruise, and more.
“Th is new campaign by Great Southern Rail intro-
duces a wide range of rail journey options for clients,
and brings together a plethora of new and exciting rail
experiences,” Leongatha Travel and Cruise manager
Jill Carmody said.
“Great Southern Rail has been operating now for 19
years and has become very innovative with its itinerar-
ies and off-train excursions.”
Jill said the off-train excursions are a real highlight,
along with the inclusive nature of the program, and
exceptional level of service offered throughout, with
on-board meals and beverages all being included.
A gastronomic journey on The Ghan and Indian Pa-
cific is included in the New Year campaign.
The fresh, modern Australian dishes are inspired by
the destinations through which they travel.
“It’s Australia on a plate, served in the beautiful
Queen Adelaide restaurant and complemented by fine
local wines and beers,” Jill said.
Bookings are open now to take advantage of Great
Southern Rail’s New Year campaign for travel from
September 1 to March 31, 2017.
“All packages are subject to availability so we en-
courage people to book as soon as possible to avoid
disappointment,” Jill said.
“Last year when Great Southern Rail ran a similar
campaign, cabins on The Ghan sold very quickly
which then reduced the availability throughout the
year, which made it very difficult for anyone who de-
cided to hold back and book later in the year.”
Jill and the team at Leongatha Travel and Cruise are
also able to extend packages pre-departure or post-
adventure for more time in these fascinating destina-
tions or to explore further afield.
For further information contact the team on 5662
3601 to make an appointment to check availability and
secure your space on either the Ghan or the Indian
Get on board for early savings
An experience on the Ghan or Indian Pacific is full of in-
teresting and unique culinary experiences, like dinner un-
der the stars.
The Outback Explorer Lounge on the Great Southern Rail
routes from Sydney to Perth or Adelaide to Darwin is the
trains’ centre of activity – a place for socialising, snack-
ing, catching glimpses of wildlife through wide picture
windows, or reflecting on the intrepid pioneers who trav-
elled through this land, who never experienced this level
of luxury and style.
WONTHAGGI’S wunderkind pianist,
Josh Hook, will headline at a ‘Summer
Sensation’ concert at Fish Creek’s Celia
Rosser Gallery ahead of a trip to Eu-
rope early in 2016 to further his tuition
Josh recently completed his degree
at Melbourne University, claiming high
marks for his final recital and is look-
ing at a masters sometime in the future.
He will be at the Fish Creek Gallery,
with fellow performers including Jake
Amy (pianist), Emma Volard (vocalist),
Kerryn Lockhart (vocalist) and Carmel
Slater (pianist) for the 7.30pm concert
on Saturday, January 30
Wonthaggi’s Josh Hooke playing for a recent university exam. Photo by
European tuition for Josh Hooke
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