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Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has been challenged to help keep a Gympie tourist icon, the Mary Valley Rattler steam team, operational.
The Mary Valley Rattler service, in the state's south-east, has been suspended for the second time this year after two derailments.
A Queensland Rail (QR) safety regulator report is due for release next month but up to $1 million is needed for urgent track maintenance.
The Dagun Community Group's Kim Crawford says Mr Newman should use money from the sale of Mary Valley properties to help install new sleepers.
"I'd like to challenge Campbell Newman," he said.
"I understand that the money is tight - he's currently selling a heap of properties that were actually bought up for the [Traveston] dam project.
"I'd challenge him to maybe take the proceeds of the sale of just one of those properties, a good one, and use it to fund getting the QR track machine up here to help us lay some sleepers."
Mr Crawford says it is a huge job.
"It's a very slow job and it's the issue that we face at the moment with 6,000 sleepers needing to be replaced by June next year," he said.
"Now the machine that QR's got can do that much, much faster than we can.
"I don't want Campbell Newman to give us money, but if he's prepared to take the funds of one of the sales and use that to fund the track machine, that would be terrific."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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