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The Rattler Railway Company says plans to get the historic stream train service operating again in southern Queensland are not "dead in the water".
The Mary Valley Heritage Railway was shut down in 2012 after a derailment but the former LNP government promised $2 million in the 2013-'14 budget to allow it to reopen.
A further $600,000 was promised last year but the current State Government is yet to commit to the funding.
Rattler Railway Company board member Garry Davison said a recent meeting with Department of State Development staff was positive, with a review of plans to restart operations now needed.
"What they're asking of us, quite understandably, is to review where we were at, review what our costings would be, have a look at our business plan, work with them to make sure that our business plan does stack up so that it is a viable project that goes on into the future so that we can then have a look and see how we can progress the whole project," he said.
He said the department wanted to ensure the project was viable and it was unclear what money would be provided.
"Now whether that's going to be 2.6 [million dollars] or less than that or more than that, they're the things that Government will need to have a look at further down the track," he said.
"We didn't at that stage discuss ... how much money was there.
"What we've got to do is put our business plan together so that ongoing operations do stack up and that's mainly what they're interested in."
The LNP's Member for Gympie, Tony Perrett, said he had been waiting for an answer from the Premier on the future of the Rattler for about four months.
"That's what we're calling for is a yes or no answer on that so that not only the Rattler Railway Company but the community themselves, the Mary Valley and the businesses that are there, can start to plan with some confidence," he said.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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