Trans-Australian Railway Centenary | SPEECH


Mr VAN HOLST PELLEKAAN (Stuart) (12:54): I am very grateful to the member for Flinders for putting this motion forward. I know he has great interest and great knowledge in this area. It was very interesting to hear the many comments he made and the information he shared with us.

Deputy Speaker, as you know, many towns in the electorate of Stuart have a very strong railway history. I think about Port Augusta, Peterborough and Terowie to begin with. I think about all the towns along the old Ghan railway. We had a very extensive network of rail that was used for freight and passengers throughout our electorate. Alas, most of that is not there at the moment, but the Trans-Australian Railway certainly still is, and that is what this motion is about.

While I join with the member for Flinders in supporting this motion, I would also like to support and recognise Mr Kym Welsby from Port Augusta, who, over the last few years, has put an enormous amount of work into arranging a commemorative weekend in Port Augusta, on 21 and 22 October this year. That will be an absolutely outstanding event for local people, for people from further afield in South Australia and many interstate and international people, no doubt, will be very interested in that. I thank Kym enormously for putting together this event to celebrate the commemoration, which the motion of the member for Flinders celebrates as well.


Member for Flinder’s motion:

That this house–

(a) acknowledges the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Trans-Australian Railway at the ‘joining of the rails’ site near OoIdea on 17 October 2017;

(b) recognises the national significance of the completion of this railway; and

(c) congratulates the work of the National Rail Museum and Regional Development Australia in Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula in commemorating this historic event.