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A tourist train from Devonport to Wynyard will be up for discussion at the Central Coast Council meeting on Monday. A motion for the Cradle Coast Authority to be asked to investigate the feasibility of train tourism along the coast has been put forward by Councillor Gerry Howard.
“Having lived my entire life in this area, we’ve become a bit complacent with tourism in the area,” Cr Howard said.
He said the beauty of the area was underutilised and the train could draw interstate and overseas visitors. The motion states that “quick action” would be needed if the proposal had a favourable response because the section of rail from Burnie to Wynyard has already been earmarked for redevelopment as part of the Coastal Pathway project.
A train service operated between Burnie and Ulverstone in 2001 however it was discontinued due to administrative costs.
“If it doesn’t proceed I feel it it important to have at least discussed it,” Cr Howard said.
This article first appeared on www.theadvocate.com.au
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