THE Derwent Valley Railway and Preservation Society needs you.
DVR Vice-Chairman Greg Robinson said after 15 years of negotiations the organisation now had access to the disused Derwent Valley Line and he was confident the line would eventually be reopened all the way to National Park.
“This will be a world-class tourist attraction that will employ and provide employment in a multitude of local valley businesses that will thrive on this scenic railway running up the Derwent Valley,’’ Mr Robinson said.
“This attraction has the support of local businesses, the local council, the local high school, and a great number of dedicated volunteers.’’
But more volunteers are needed.
“This is a call out for more workers, with the next 12 months being very busy with new work.
“First off the mark is the rebuilding of the 500m of track from Third Avenue to Back River Road,” Mr Roboinson said.
“Before this can be done a fence has to be erected along this corridor to define the construction zone, but still allow community access to the walking track through the station yard.
“While all this work is going on we will be constructing a new workshop with assistance from The Tasmanian Community Fund.”
The workshop will become a community asset and we will work with schools within our area to offer a learning experience for youth of our community.”
“This project already has the backing of our local high school and we also intend to involve local employment agencies to provide a safe work area for people to improve their skills and hopefully gain employment opportunities.’’
While these projects are under way volunteers will also carry on with restoration work on locomotives and associated carriage works.
“If you would like to become part of a team to bring the railway back to the Derwent Valley come help us to help and support our community.’’
More information is available at http://www.dvr.org.au, Facebook or at Station Street New Norfolk on Wednesdays and Saturdays.