.Why is the Victoria paying for The Overland train between Melbourne and Adelaide for three years (providing $3.8 million per year over the next three years for the train service.)Youz just don't get it.
Where Steven Marshall(Premier of South Australia) has pulled out funding for the service in 2018?
Why can't Mr Andrews tell the GSR ( Great Southern Railways) only run the service from Melbourne to Serviceton(near Victoria / SA border) till Steven Marshall(Premier of South Australia) agrees to put the money back into the service?
Victoria tax money should not be used to fund a service for South Australian(s).
$3.8M is a drop in the bucket of the full operating cost of the train. Journey Beyond ( not GSR) would just laugh at your suggestion.
Victorian tax money is not for the benefit of South Aussies.
It's to suck tourist dollars eastwards. During the footy finals, the $3.8M will be made back easy.
Journey Beyond are in the tourist business, they will do and take whatever it takes to turn a dollar.
Cheap fares for Western Vics (aka voters) , and good PR in general, is a bonus.
The inabilty of SA premier to grap the benefit if tourist dollars in his direction is baffling, but Vic govt hasn't let that deter decisions for Vic benefit.
Who could have forecast the economic down turn that has beset the Australian tourism landscape when the Covid 19 virus was dropped upon us. Domestic Air travel is down about 90 % ,international travel down 98% ,so when the Covid19 settles down ,the Overland will be running. Maybe the Victorian Government was short sighted in providing assistance or maybe they will be proved correct in providing $3.8 million to Journey Beyond but government provides money to many schemes to keep the state moving. Does the Overland run through marginal seats, it could have been election motivated to prop up the train. Granted yes there is alternate transport, bus, plane, and car but a large portion (don’t known what %) are pensioners that get a travel voucher that gives them a free rail trip once a year. The service is there for the people who can’t drive or just prefer rail travel. The other market are railfans. I caught the Overland last year and in the carriage were 3 other railfans .The Overland is marketed overseas by Journey Beyond and a large overseas tourist dollar rides the Overland but more importantly cashed up from overseas ride the Ghan and the Indian Pacific trains. So that poses the question “Will Journey Beyond cry poor and ask the South Australia Government for assistant to keep The Ghan and the Indian Pacific seeing that the trains have stopped running.They will need assistance to get back on their wheels again till they become viable. The South Australia Government may have too help???
Maybe $3.8M from the Vic Gov was is a drop in the bucket for the Overland compared to these other two trains. They may cost a little bit more.