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At Gundagai, in southern NSW, on Wednesday 24 April 2013, a meeting of 20 people approved the formation of a new chapter in the rail history of the town.
As a result of this meeting, the GHBI board is pleased to publicly announce the release of a new Master Plan for the Gundagai Railway Museum.
After a 2 year period in which extensive assessment involving members visiting many other NSW stations for review, devising both strategic and tactical goals, which saw the Master Plan come finally together.
This new plan will enable the museum to carry on what it started out in 1989 to do which is to preserve the local Gundagai and Tumut branch line railway history.
Gundagai is lucky to have an open museum in their local railway station, showcasing its local rail heritage. There are not many dedicated railway museums like this across NSW beside notable ones like Yass and Tenterfield. This rarity makes Gundagai all the more unique for tourists to come see.
What this approval of the master plan now means is that there is certainty for the businesses inGundagai to reap the benefits of supporting the railway station and museum into the future.
The master plan is devised to ensure that the current successful restoration of the Gundagai station and yard undertaken in the past 20years by hard working volunteers and board members is maintained and by careful work, it is expanded on to encourage more rail related tourism to come to the town.
The 2013 Master Plan has many stages which will see gradual but affordable improvements to the museum precinct set-up, displays, exhibits, re-branding of the name, restoration of the current rollingstock undertaken and potential acquisition of more in due course, assessment on re-sleepering the railway tracks in the yard and beyond, creating a membership plan to raise more funds, seek new sponsors and allow active volunteers on site carrying out specific tasks. All project tasks will be carried out meeting the various specific rail regulations as set out by ISTR and the RSA 2008.
[b]So what can be expected in the short term?[/b]. A new sub committee to run the railway precinct and the museum will be formed in later half of 2013 along with forming a membership base to help support the museum, a new brand name and logo will be created and the assessing of what part of the stage 1 plan to start on will be undertaken.
It is expected that a long term vision to make the museum more interesting with new exhibits will hopefully see some action under way to achieve some of these goals hopefully by end of 2013.
The Gundagai railway museum has gained over the years much local support and with its future secured, it is expected that more local support will be gained and from across NSW and Australia.
A name change to Gundagai Heritage Railway is in the process to happen during 2013.
To contact GHBI / GRM for further information about this press release,please ring David Crooks on 0428 268 441.[/font][/size]
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