Campbelltown Council elected members vote against miniature railway in Thorndon Park
She had repeatedly questioned the project’s long-term financial viability after its proponents, Paradise Railway Inc, raised only $1124 of a required $65,000 for start-up costs.If the proponents had only managed to raise an average of $44.96 each, I think the council is quite justified in knocking this on the head.
The initial cash contribution was meant to be $100,000 but this was subsequently reduced by $35,000 when the club’s 25 members were unable to raise funds.
The lesson seems to be that if a council offers you money for something then have them sign a contract straight away. If it cannot be a contract because there is no consideration then have them sign a deed. Then they are up for damages, including loss of profit, if they change their minds later. Most state and federal government grants are set up this way. Unfortunately, councils have their own rules, or few rules.One of the policies held by the City of Campbelltown is that capital grants are to be capped at 50% for new establishments, so the approval on a 135/65 split was already in breach of policy.
So collect a little more money from the Paradise members and build the short track you can afford. Use the area for which you have a lease. The kids will pester their parents to come again. Eventually councilors will get the message that support for a train club is cheap outdoor entertainment for the ratepayers.The club has clarified that there was no contract or lease in place as yet. There was a plan but nothing in writing - see previous point about ratification of decisions made just before an election.