DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS
Whilst the Railway covers its recurrent costs from train operations and sales, any new major projects or asset renewals have to be achieved with the support of government grants (which are becoming increasingly competitive and difficult to access) or by donations.
Some projects that need financial support include:
- The upgrade of two DH locomotives for hauling our full fleet of carriages
- Our Rail Motor project – two old trams are being repurposed for efficient and comfortable single unit trips
- The upgrade of station precinct amenity at Walhalla and Thomson
- Repair and renewal of six major bridges
- Extending the line to the Tyers Walhalla road
- Hosting steam locomotives on short term loan if possible
The Walhalla Goldfields Railway is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient and covered by Items 1 & 4 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. Any donation of over $2 (payable to the Walhalla Goldfields Railway Museum Account) can be claimed on your tax return.
Alternatively, if you are reviewing your Will, we be extremely grateful for your consideration of the Railway as a beneficiary. The following form of a Bequest is suggested for your solicitor to use in any Will:
The Walhalla station building was constructed at GippsTafe Yallourn in 2001, with the support of government grants for labour and materials.
Once it was transported to the site, the verandah was not added due to a lack of funds. Without the verandah, it was wet and bleak in Winter and scorchingly hot in Summer on the platform!
In 2014, the Railway was to able to complete the station precinct with a very high quality structure that had authentic heritage detailing, plus a new platform and sealing. This $90,000 project was completed with the support of the Victorian Government, cash from WGR and a very generous bequest of $25,000 from the estate of Peter Brumm, a former Guard on the railway. It would not have proceeded without that assistance.
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