‘The mainland needs to know about the NW’

DON River Railway site manager Warren Woodberry says the state government needs to invest in greater mainland tourism promotion if Tasmania’s North-West region is to survive.

The statement comes in the wake of Monday’s announcement that the West Coast’s iconic Wilderness Railway is to close this April.

“We’re in a similar position to the West Coast Wilderness Railway in that we’re struggling to attract visitors,” the long-time railway worker said.

“We’re surviving, but numbers have been really down for the past two or three years and we’ve had to tighten our belts a lot.”

“It’s up to the tourism industry and state bodies to figure out what can be done.

“I think we should have Tasmanian tourism information bureaus dotted all over mainland Australia – that way people will realise what is available in the North-West and will plan their holidays accordingly. They won’t just fly straight to Hobart.”

Read more in tomorrow’s Advocate.

Warren Woodberry (left), Geoffrey Stanfield and Jim Unwin, of Don River Railway. Picture: Kelly Slater.

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