For year 2018 the Crow Eaters contributed not a single cent towards supporting The Overdue.The SA Government subsidy continued up to the end of 2018 and was not renewed for 2019.
Did you mean to write 2019 instead?
Victoria stumped up $ 3.78 million alone subsidy to support The Overdue which only carried 17,000 pax in 2018 . That amounts to a stratospheric Victorian taxpayer subsidy of $ 222 for every passenger carried.I'm pretty sure that figure from the Victorian government was over three years.
Even so, that means they were only paying something in the order of $75 per passenger from Victoria alone (plus the SA contribution up to the end of 2018) which means every passenger was being subsidised by more than the price of a plane ticket - the airlines should have taken the governments to court ages ago and demanded similar levels of state aid!
If we take the 17,000 passengers in a year to be true, that's an average of 82 per trip. A two car DMU would provide sufficient capacity, a three car DMU would be positively luxurious. Make it 2.5 cars of seating space and use the other half a car for a drinks/snack vending machine and luggage space, and allow passengers to pre-order a meal to be brought on board at Horsham so passengers can have a good lunch (and spend some money in the regional economy) without requiring an onboard kitchen.
As for Journey Beyond their publicity efforts for The Overdue are non existant, and Victoria should have made their generous subsidy conditional on Journey Beyond doing a certain level of paid promotional activity. Again private enterprise sucks the Victorian Government dry.There's nothing stopping the Victorian government from opening up a competition for the contract and allowing V/Line management to bid for it on the same terms as private bidders.
By making a direct award and having no competition, they are combining the worst of the public and private sectors rather than the best.