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Ivan Venning has countered the positive message portrayed by the South Australian Tourism Comission, claiming South Australia's tourism has dropped to a "new low". And the Liberal stalwart has maintained his attack on Tourism minister Jane Lomax-Smith for the lack of a passenger train service operating to the Barossa.
"One of the key tourism destinations in South Australia has been robbed of providing a unique service for all visitors to our state," he said.
"A passenger service would not only increase access to the Barossa for tourists, but also provide a valuable commuter service for residents of the area to get to Adelaide."
"We are presented with a great opportunity at the moment to really consider the reality of a passenger rail service linking the Barossa to the metropolitan area.
"The benefits of such a service would bring countless positives to our area," Mr Venning said.
Having already received an indication from local business identities that interest in such a service is high, Mr Venning says the State Government needs to "pull its weight".
"The lack of interest by the government in supporting the Barossa Bluebird was not encouraging," he said.
"I sincerely hope that Ministers Conlon and Lomax-Smith show more enthusiasm for this proposal than they have shown in the past."
In order to regain the passenger rating on the Gawler to Angaston line Mr Venning says upgrades may need to be carried out and there may be "other costs in getting the service up and running".
But the member for Schubert says this shouldn't stop the Government from considering the proposal.
"Tourism is faltering in SA and it is time we made investments in the industry," Mr Venning said. "We must invest in the infrastructure that will help strengthen our tourism market well into the future.
"It is important that we consider all options and a Barossa commuter service deserves weighty consideration.
"The possible benefits of such a service go far beyond just tourism.
"Especially with higher petrol costs, all Barossa residents could benefit from a passenger train."
Mr Venning is appealing to the Government to "at the very least, give it a go on a trial basis".
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