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Hopes by a group of hobbyists to put a miniature railway into a popular park have been derailed by councillors.
Campbelltown Council has ended four years of debate by voting to overturn a previous decision to kickstart the project at Thorndon Park, Paradise, with $135,000 in funding.
The move has stunned proponents of the railway, who had signed a lease for the land and were well advanced with their planning.
Longtime opponent Anna Leombruno convinced five of her colleagues to overturn approval for the railway granted by the previous council.
Councillors voted 7-3 last September to give it to the go-ahead following numerous debates, $51,282 in consultant and legal fees, multiple staff reports and community consultation.
Cr Leombruno decided to try again following the election of a new council last November, securing enough support on Tuesday night for a motion calling for it to be cancelled.
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.
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.
They argued the venture could only start to make money once it was operating train rides, prompting council to give approval for track to be laid and a shed to be installed.
This article first appeared on www.adelaidenow.com.au
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