NO MORE TRAINS: The rail line from Claude Wharton Weir near Gayndah heading towards Monto is due to close. Photo Rose Reed / Central & North Burnett Times
NO MORE TRAINS: The rail line from Claude Wharton Weir near Gayndah heading towards Monto is due to close. Photo Rose Reed / Central & North Burnett Times Rose Reed

Last train out of Monto gone

 

THE LAST train came through Monto in 2008 but many have been hopeful the line would one day come back into use.

However those hopes have been dashed by the Newman Government.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson said up to $1 million a year would be saved by cutting back maintenance on the Monto branch train line.

"Labor spent more than $1.8 million over two years maintaining a line without trains, money that will be better spent on delivering front line services," Mr Emerson said.

The track and corridor will remain in place allowing the line to be re-opened if there is a future demand.

 

THE corridor which runs from Mungar to Monto to Taragoola will close leaving many residents disappointed as it was hoped the line would be used again for mining and bring workers back to the area.

The possible closure has been lingering over the region since the last train went through in 2008.

North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Don Waugh said he was glad the government had finally come to a decision on the rail line.

"Our major concern is if the line becomes overgrown and an eyesore to our region," he said.

"We are seeking a meeting with the minister to discuss the future plans for the rail line."

Many hoped the mining interest in the town would see the reinstatement of trains along the line but Belridge Enterprises managing director Mark McCauley said it wasn't viable for their operation.

"We will be transferring all our ore by trucks to Gladstone via Monto and Biloela," he said.

Track maintenance will end July 1 and stop signs will be removed.


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