The Ida Bay Railway Preservation Society now has access to the railway as a site licence has been granted by the Tasmanian Government through Parks Tasmania. Working Bees are now held on the second weekend of each month on both the Saturday and Sunday. Working Bees are concentrating on a tidy up of the station and workshops area.
Members are able to stay in the worker’s huts overnight provided that they are taking part in the working bee. Helpers that aren’t members can assist with the working bee – and will become Members for the day – for just $2:00. (This enables insurance coverage.)
Jobs undertaken included:
- whipper snipping and tidying of the grounds in preparation for the bushfire season,
- tidy up of the old worker’s Recreation Hut
- accessing the laundry
- removal of unsafe boardwalks beside Workers Huts
- getting the rail pedal cars ready for collection and sale by Parks
- assessing the condition of the Malcolm Moore locomotives in order to prepare a restoration plan.
- securing the workshop – (we’ve had break-ins and theft.)
The General Meeting held on the Sunday morning was attended by twenty four members. Matters discussed included:
- Cooperation with other Tasmanian heritage / tourist railways
- Safety management
- and improved management of working bees.-