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Mid North Broadcaster Summary of articles by Eric Fuss

Edition No. 927, 11 Mar. 2010, page 1

Burra Railway Station
Last Thursday the Government announced a $200,000 grant to begin conservation and restoration work at the station. The announcement was made by the Minister for Conservation and Environment, Jay Weatherill in front of a number of community members including members of the ‘Save Burra Railway Station Action Group’, Regional Council of Goyder CEO, John Brak and the Labor candidate for Stuart, Sean Holden. If re-elected the government would immediately transfer the funds to the Goyder Council to help the Action Group to conduct the restoration. Mr Weatherill visited the site last year. It is intended that the restored building will be redeveloped as a palaeontology and archaeology museum and would showcase remains of mega fauna discovered at the nearby Redbanks Conservation Park. A research and educational centre there would also promote local Ngadjuri culture. The Burra Railway Station is a State Heritage place on the SA Heritage Register, situated within the Burra State Heritage Area. It was built in 1883 to replace an earlier wooden structure. The railway line dates from 1870. The Burra services were discontinued in 1985 and the line was closed in 1988.

These last statements should not be taken as certain. The last steam train to Burra ran on 19 September 1992. The line must then have been open. Perhaps 1988 should be 1998. I believe that technically the line was kept open beyond then and light engines ran on the line a couple of times after 2000. In 2010 the rails were still in place, though not serviceable, as far as Burra Station.

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Save the Burra Railway Station Action Group member Roger Cross, Minister for Environment and Conservation, Jay Weatherill, Group spokesperson Pip Edson and Labor candidate for Stuart, Sean Holden, at the Burra Railway Station.

28 July 2010, pages 1 & 3

Burra Railway Station has received a $220,000 grant to begin the restoration and redevelopment of the site. The handover of the money was announced by the State Environment and Conservation Minister Paul Caica. The intention was to develop the building as a palaeontology and archaeology museum to showcase fossil remains of the mega fauna discovered at the Redbanks Conservation Park, east of Burra. A research and educational centre to promote local Ngadjuri culture would also be established at the site. The whole project would cost $1 million. 
Pip Edson, as spokesperson for the ‘Save the Railway Station Group’ said that although this was the tip of the iceberg in terms of the work needed to realise the project, it was exciting to finally be able to begin the restoration. Much work is to be done and it will involve volunteers as well as skilled tradespersons. The restoration will directly employ 12 skilled contractors and 4 trainees over some 9 months. 
Volunteer Roy Taplin will manage the project. He was at the station early on Friday to clear broken glass and other debris as a result of a vandal attack overnight. After visiting the station Mr Caica met other interested persons for morning tea at the Burra Regional Art Gallery. The heritage listed Station building was erected in 1883 and replaced a wood and iron structure built for the arrival of the line in 1870. The Burra services were discontinued in 1985 and the line closed in 1988.

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John Brak Goyder Council CEO, 
Pip Edson and State Environment & Conservation Minister Paul Caica
at the Burra Railway Station on Friday morning.