Member for the Bellarine, Lisa Neville is proud to announce today that the Geelong Steam Preservation Society trading as The Bellarine Railway, will receive $300,000 towards Stage 1 of the Bellarine Railway Rehabilitation Project.
This project has three stages. Stage One is the development of the Turntable Paddock at Drysdale Railway Station to enhance the site, improve community access, and importantly provide a base for the principal Bellarine Railway service, the Award Winning Train Dining Experience- The Q Train.
This grant will support business growth, create jobs and attract more visitors in the years ahead to enjoy the beauty of the Bellarine. This funding continues to build on the restoration works done at the Queenscliff Station, ensuring the Bellarine Railway continues its great work for the community. It was established by locals and continues to be managed by local people that bring much benefit to the region.
Drysdale Station is perfectly located beside Lake Lorne. The current precinct is well presented and attracts a great number of visitors from across the region.
This project will work towards establishing Drysdale station into a gateway for The Bellarine Railway at the Geelong end and establishing the railway as a destination for visitors to the region, as well as the local community.
Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville
‘Congratulations to past President Adam Sandry, current President Stephen Dalton, as well as Andrew Bridger – Owner of the Q Train, in working collaboratively to upgrade this great facility on the Bellarine. Thanks also to the many volunteers that assist in keeping the trains operational’
“This business not only provides a unique experience, but create jobs, boosts tourism and make regions like the Bellarine a great place to live and visit.”
“The State Government recognises the enormous potential for Tourism Operators on the Bellarine to expand their operations, that’s why its backing the Bellarine Railway Rehabilitation Project to ensure they remain a place to visit”