Editorial: Valley Rattler is worth fighting for
FINDING the best way to nurture a local economy and ensure a prosperous and positive future is no easy task.
Choosing which initiatives deserve support requires research and consideration.
At some point we must entrust such choices to the people we elect to make them. If we held a referendum on every tricky decision, Australia would soon seize up.
The Gympie Regional Council is trying to do what it thinks is best in replacing the waste management levy with an economic development levy to fund the Rattler's resurrection, in conjunction with funding from the State Government.
This could bring 30,000 tourists into this region that might not otherwise come here.
While the argument that their visits will primarily benefit the Valley is valid, their spend will have a broader impact and their "word of mouth” even more.
For a start, they have to come through Gympie to catch the Rattler; and many will not limit their Gympie region experience to one train ride.
A region with our socio economic issues needs to be doing everything it can to attract "outside” dollars and good PR. While there is no denying the Rattler has had its problems, it also has the potential to once again be a great icon and attraction.