Well, 12CSTV from Tasmania seems to be qualified in defending in undefensible Dorrigo "line". He's been doing so for at least 14 years on various railway discussion forums. At least Trevor faded away. Go look on Aus.rail for their comments from a decade and half ago.
Now I just trying to find the Aus.rail thread where one of them remarked that they were "quite confident" that the museum would be open to the public in around 2 years. I think that remark was made around 1998-2000.
From Aus.rail I've found this, part of the Supreme Court outcome. Has the Dorrigo museum carried out all of this ruling?
Its interesting to see my contributions from over a decade ago have left an impression!
In all that time, it never ceases to amaze me the bitter hostility that has been directed towards Dorrigo continuously without let-up - pretty much all from outsiders with no connection to Dorrigo or from persons with an agenda (dating back to the dispute).
I know of no other railway preservation enterprise in Australia (or anywhere in the world) that evokes such hatred. Admittedly I have been involved in a railway preservation organisation in Tas. that split into factions some years ago, with some bitter recriminations. However, we grew up and got over it. Why can't NSW rail preservationists that embroil themselves in the constant criticism of Dorrigo do the same? I'm convinced a good many of Dorrigos detractors would delight in the whole Dorrigo collection going to scrap. In most "normal" places, the efforts of the DSRM membership to persevere over sometimes interminable odds, continuing a quest to preserve many aspects of the NSW rail scene (most all of which would have been scrapped if not for Dorrigo), avoid constantly raiding taxpayer money or relying on Govt owned or granted assets, not robbing other preservation groups, deliberately sending prize exhibits for scrap or interstate or overseas would be celebrated and supported. If all the detractors got behind Dorrigo and supported it rather than continuously running it down, I'm sure all their complaints (lack of public opening, etc.) would have been solved by now!
I wish we had a similar organisation, like Dorrigo in Tas. (Or the other states for that matter), with the same fund raising capacity and the equipment, giving the ability to quickly rescue endangered rail relics. Many historic rail relics in Tas. may have been saved, rather than going to scrap or going interstate or overseas as a result.
As for the hopes for public opening, well, of course members had aspirations the DSRM would have opened well and truly by now, but issues crop up, things that need to be achieved to allow that to happen get sidetracked, manpower and funding run short........ When DVR in Tas stopped operating in 2005 they hoped to be up and going again in 18 months. Its now 2014 and they are still battling to get up and away again. They are close - but still not quite there. Is that their fault? No. Unavoidable external circumstances.
As for the Supreme Court ruling, as far as I know, yes.