The NSW heritage review thread has been quiet for quite some time. I felt this important event required a thread of it's own.
After 7 years of getting into bed with the NSW Government the RTM has decided to do the proper thing and get married. It was announced today (10/12) that the RTM is engaged to the NSW Government. The details of the nuptuals and date of the wedding are to be announced.
At it's 43rd AGM three important motions were carried by an overwhelming majority.
1) The name of the RTM will become Transport Heritage NSW Limited.
2) A new constitution was adopted to allow Transport Heritage NSW to take over the former roles of the RTM, Office of Rail Heritage and responsibility for other transport heritage (buses, ferries and trams (no monorails)).
3) The new organisation will sign a funding deed with the NSW Government through Transport NSW.
This has to be the biggest shakeup in NSW heritage rail since ORH was formed in 2006, and possibly since the formation of the RTM 50 years ago.
It remains to be seen whether the NSW Government will maintain it's funding commitments once the 5 year agreement expires, and who knows what could happen if there is a change of government in NSW.
There is a mammoth task ahead of the new organisation to undo the damage that ORH and the previous administrations caused to the RTM and rail heritage groups in NSW. I hope that there is sufficient funds in the bucket and some good people can be found to guide the new organisation in it's formative years. It also remains to be seen if the apparent significant conflict of interest with the RTM (THNSW) controlling the purse strings for all rail and transport heritage in NSW can be successfully managed.
There will be interesting times ahead. I hope that the heritage groups can resolve their differences and work cooperatively, although I feel that there is a large quantity of bad blood out there.
The RTM name will still exist but it will be like a brand, owned by the new entity.
R.I.P. old RTM!
Happy new world,