STATE Member for Mount Isa Robbie Katter is calling on the Transport Minister to pull some strings and lure an iconic visitor to Cloncurry for the town’s 150 celebrations.
Cloncurry will be celebrating the Q150-year milestone next year during the week of September 15 to 22.
Organisers of the celebrations have asked Mr Katter to engage with Minister for Transport Stirling Hinchliffe to have the Q150 Steam Train in Cloncurry to celebrate the town’s celebrations.
“Having this iconic steam train in Cloncurry for the celebrations would really add to telling the history of the town,” he said.
“Cloncurry has been a transport hub since its inception, so naturally it is appropriate to have the steam train in town as part of its celebrations.”
“Known as the crossroads of the North West, Cloncurry has a long proud association with the rail industry.”
“The story of early transport, railways, mining and the outback are all linked and part of the heritage of Cloncurry.”
“I’ve made a request to the Minister for the Q150 steam train to make a visit to Cloncurry during these celebrations to help paint the picture of Cloncurry’s history as a transport hub for the region.”
“Planning for the steam train visit is in early days, but it is hoped that there will be an opportunity for the Q150 steam train to have paying passengers on its trip to Cloncurry.”
Mr Katter said the week of celebrations were important for not only Cloncurry, but the entire North West, as it was the first town to be settled in the outback, before Mount Isa.
“Cloncurry was the terminus when the trains first started in the Outback with the line to Mount Isa not being constructed until many years later,” he said.
“Always on the crossroads, Cloncurry and the story of early train travel and the outback railway are connected.”
“The early pioneering days of the Outback were forged with the undulating story of the development of the Railway in Cloncurry.”
“Planning for this significant celebration is well underway and the organising committee are planning many events and displays for the locals and many former residents who have planned to return to the town for the milestone.”