All aboard, a golden era for Gippsland tourism03/03/2017
The Walhalla Goldfields Railway will be improved, creating 15 new jobs and giving more people the opportunity to experience the best of everything Gippsland has to offer, thanks to funding provided by the State Government.
In the Latrobe Valley today, Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing announced the $300,000 grant to help bring more visitors to Gippsland, boosting the local economy.
Walhalla Goldfields Railway will use the grant to restore and convert a 1926 Melbourne tram into a self-propelled rail carriage, enhancing the historical tourist experience.
The 1926 tram body will be fitted with a rail motor and the track will undergo infrastructure upgrades to improve the range of services available. For the first time, the railway will be able to operate seven days a week.
The project also includes the construction of a storage facility, ensuring long term security and protection from the elements.
Walhalla Goldfields Railway is a not-for-profit organisation whose dedicated volunteers have completely rebuilt the railway over the last 25 years. The organisation is providing the remaining $150,000 to deliver the project.
It is estimated the project will increase the number of visitors by more than 15,000 in the long term and increase the amount spent on local businesses from $2.4 million to $3.3 million per year.
The Government’s flagship Regional Tourism and Infrastructure Fund is investing in growing the visitor economy across regional Victoria with the development of iconic regional tourism projects that create world-class tourism experiences and bring more people to our thriving regions.