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Future of the Indian Pacific assured



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28 January 1993

FUTURE OF THE INDIAN PA CIFIC ASSURED

The future of the Indian Pacific as one of the world's great trains has been assured by today's agreement to transfer its control to Australian National (AN).

Signature of this agreement by Weste rn Australia will meet the condition set by the Commonwealth Government for the release of $12 million to refurbish the train.

Announcing this today, Federal Land Transport Minister, Bob Brown, congratulated the New South Wales and Western Australia governments on their agreement to secure the train's future. W

'The Commonwealth, New South Wales and Western Australia could see that the train had no future while it was operated by three different systems', Mr Brown said.

'Only a single management can operate the Indian Pacific efficiently and implement and achieve effective marketing strategies.

'This agreement would not have been possible without the cooperation of the unions who were realistic about restoring the train to its status as one of the world's great trans-continental journeys', Mr Brown said. o

Refurbishment of the Indian Pacific roIlingstock will provide a boost for employment in Port Augusta where most of the work will be done.

'The decision to undertake the work in-house at ANs Po rt Augusta and Islington workshops is recognition of the quality of the workmanship at those facilities following the refurbishment of the Ghan. I am confident that the refurbishment of the Indian Pacific will also be first class.

'The Indian Pacific is the key to the future of AN's passenger and travel operations, which directly and indirectly employ about 1000 people in the rail industry . m

'The refurbished Indian Pacific will boost tourism domestically and internationally and will create spin-offs for employment outside the rail industry.

'The completion of the agreement for a single operator and the release of money for the refurbishment program are great news for employment, great for tourism and great for South Australia', Mr Brown said. a

Media contact: Margaret Robson (Minister's office) 06 - 277 7440

C4MMONVdEA^^H David Combe (Department) 06 - 274 7294

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