Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


Sign a petition to prevent $40m of rail track being torn up …

The North East Rail Line between Launceston and Scottsdale has been assessed by a professional track inspector to be 95% fit for purpose and the built infrastructure has a value of over $40M.

Yet, Dorset Council wants to tear it all up and put in a 63Km gravel cycle trail – useable by about 16% of the Australian population whereas a train (of which we have several) can service 100% of the population.

We are fighting hard-headed bureaucrats who have chosen to ignore two 70% – plus surveys: one Reachtel of the Dorset Municipality and a more General online survey carried out by stations 7LA/7SD.

And still there Premier states publicly that the rail (cycle) trail has strong support in the North East.

I would not have thought that 30% (included no opinions) could be seen as “strong”. Help us out, please!

I just started the petition “Wendy McLennan: Keep the North East Tasmania Railway” and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.

My goal is to reach 10,000 signatures and I need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:


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  1. Russell

    July 3, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Re #13 … Not my pet favourite, Fitch. But I’m open-minded.

    But at least they ARE making an annual profit, while YOUR pet favourite hasn’t for THREE DECADES!

    How many $$$$$$$ have you personally made from the scam, Fitch? I believe that, as the loud-mouth for continuing massive government subsidies to a welfare-dependant woodchip industry, that’s the cause of your myopia.

  2. MjF

    July 3, 2018 at 12:57 pm


    As the loud-mouth for ending government subsidies, why don’t you publicly condemn the government for funding and operating what was a private rail operation ?

    Or are subsidies OK as long as they’re spent on your pet favourites ?

  3. Claire Gilmour

    July 3, 2018 at 1:59 am

    I’m all with you, Bert Wells. A Tassie tourism train would be / will be the bee’s knees.

  4. Bert Wells

    July 2, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    If the state government put in as much funding to rail projects to generate tourism, as it does to pump profits into the Hawthorn football club, we could have a tourist magnet that would generate dollars.

    Rail tourism is a real-world experience that draws tourists who also pay for accommodation, food, side trips etc etc. If nothing happens, nothing happens.

  5. Russell

    July 2, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Re #8 … It sounds like a very good investment, seeing idiots pay much more comparatively to own a home in Australia.

    At least it IS making a profit and increasing visitor numbers, unlike Forestry Tasmania/STT which has lost $654,000 PER WEEK for the last 30 years.

    Re #9 … How about that other Government-owned enterprise, FT/STT going?

  6. MjF

    July 2, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    #8 … and operated by the Abt Railway Ministerial Corporation, a State Government corporation.

    Be no shortage of money here whenever the corp thinks it might need an injection.


    Maybe the ARMC could expand into the NE.

    How’s that other government owned enterprise, Tasrail, going ?

  7. Russell

    July 2, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Re #6 … “there are not the passengers to make any of these hobbyists’ dreams viable”

    Who says? You? Please provide the data to back your lonely claim.

    For example, how many people use the Queenstown Wilderness railway each year? It is well over 25,000. Are the numbers growing or declining? Growing. Is it going arse up? No.

  8. Bert Wells

    July 2, 2018 at 1:07 am

  9. Bert Wells

    July 1, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Absolutely agree Russell, cycle paths and railway lines should not be a case of one or the other.

    It’s advantageous to maintain and bring back the railway lines to functional use for tourism and freight, and if there’s the economic case for it, build cycle paths .. but not at the expense of ripping up rail lines. We need a smart economy, not one based on trendy short term fads for a few mamil’s.

  10. Russell

    July 1, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Re #1 … YES! That track from Devonport to Stanley is stunning! How many places in the world can you take a train right at the sea’s edge? Only the current operators stand in the way of that going ahead. The Don River Railway Museum has all the running stock required for it.

    Why can’t they also have the North East cycle track ALONGSIDE the rail track and use them both? Not everyone is fit enough to cycle, so why not cash in on both groups of tourists?

    Tasmania, the backward State.

  11. Bert Wells

    June 30, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree, Stuart. The same goes with the Western line, and Far Western line that runs from Burnie through to Circular Head.

    Trains put less traffic on roads, and passenger train journeys encourage tourism and a regular train service would facilitate economic growth and equity and access for regional communities. A cycle path won’t bring in as many tourist dollars, and just supports a very small minority of cyclists.

    Bring back trains, and make it an infrastructure priority spend. Wouldn’t it be great for tourists coming to the North west to fly over to Wynyard Airport/ Devonport, and travel by train to see the state from the Nut at Stanley, through to the Hobart CBD.

    Tourism would boom if we had adequate reliable public transport that capitalises on our scenic landscapes as viewed from the comfort of a rail carriage. Once the government, in it’s short-sightedness, tears up railway lines, they will never be replaced.

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