Tasmania Opposition Leader Will Hodgman
Railway Future Shouldn’t Hang On Disastrous Forestry Deal
Victor P Taffa
Yesterday I visited the West Coast to meet with the community and discuss the future of the West Coast Wilderness Railway, Opposition Leader Will Hodgman said.
“This iconic railway is a major part of the West Coast’s tourism industry and economy, and the Labor-Green Government should do everything it can to save it.” Mr. Hodgman said.
“It is outrageous that Government Minister Nick McKim has said that the only way to save the railway is for the Legislative Council to pass the disastrous forestry deal.”
“Minister McKim is using the railway to blackmail the Legislative Council, and the Premier should rule out any link between the two.” Mr. Hodgman said.
The West Coast Wilderness Railway should remain operating and also a Rail Ferry from Williamstown to Devonport should commence operations.
A Rail Ferry to Tasmania would be an economic boom for Tasmania. Having bought back the Tasmania Railways it appears that the State Government has done nothing to recommence regular passenger railway services.
Tasmania last operated regular passenger services in 1978 and a Rail Ferry will ensure the viability of passenger rail services in Tasmania.
A Rail Ferry will also bring down the cost of transporting goods to Tasmania.