The Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program is a $2 million, one off program aiming to finance projects in areas that are experiencing a downturn in the resources sector.
As part of the works, the bridges will be repaired, retaining walls constructed, existing sleepers being replaced by new ones as well as the realignment of the rail tracks.
The Pitchi Richi Railway line currently operates between Port Augusta and Quorn.
The total cost of the project is set to total up to $337,000, with one full time position being created as part of the works.
Five other jobs will be made available during the construction phase.
Regional Development Minister spoke of upcoming works.
“The Pichi Richi Railway has played a major role for many years in ensuring the Flinders Ranges remains one of the State’s major tourist destinations.
The Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society has an important job in managing this South Australian icon and ensuring it remains a significant drawcard for visitors to Quorn and the Flinders Ranges.
The vital works will ensure the ongoing safety and operation of the railway, extending the infrastructure’s structural life by at least 25 years.
This project awarded funding through the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program is one of many stimulating new business activity, supporting local communities and creating job opportunities for the region.”
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