On this page we provide news stories related to efforts to bring about a return of the Barossa Wine Train. Where appropriate, we provide links to separate pages on these issues, where further information can be obtained.
NEW CANDIDATE FOR SCHUBERT TALKS ABOUT THE RETURN OF THE BAROSSA WINE TRAIN
The current SA MP for the Electorate of Light, Tony Piccolo, recently caught up with Chateau Tanunda and Barossa Wine Train owner John Geber for a briefing on John's efforts - and trials - to bring about the return of the BWT.
Not long after that meeting and due to a projected change in Electoral boundaries,Tony formally announced he would be running to become the new Member for Schubert against the politically-damaged current incumbent, Stephan Knoll. We interviewed Tony to get his initial thoughts on the BWT (hear that 3-min audio by clicking the link below).
BAROSSA WINE TRAIN OWNER DENIED ACCESS TO HIS LOCAL LIBERAL PARTY MEETING, DESPITE BEING A MEMBER OF HIS LOCAL BRANCH
Despite being given approval to attend a Liberal Party State Electoral Committee Meeting for the Barossa Seat of Schubert as an 'observer', John Geber (as a paid-up Member of the SA Liberal Party) was denied entry and told to "piss off" (literally!) by 'security goons' at the door of the meeting.
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Can you spot the difference in political philosophy? John Geber, a paid-up Member of the SA Liberal Party is denied entry to a local Branch meeting of the Party in the Barossa Seat of Schubert, being told to "piss off'...
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BAROSSA WINE TRAIN ISSUES AIRED ON NATIONAL ABC RADIO
The Barossa Wine Train campaign was taken nationally on Sunday July 12, 2020 - when the ever-popular 'Macca on a Sunday' program spoke with John Geber about the issue.
John Geber was able to highlight the SA Government's lack of interest in the project - and the tourism opportunities if offers to the Barossa.
He also made the point again that the Transport Minister and local Barossa MP Stephan Knoll oversaw the ripping up of the Barossa line through Kroemer's Crossing, which, for the moment, denies a returned Barossa Wine Train benefitting tourist operators north of Tanunda to Nuriootpa.
Macca agreed that projects like the BWT are important because as the COVID-19 crisis plays out, regional tourism will be increasingly critical in the months and years ahead as Australians shun overseas holidays.
Listen to the interview below - and no matter where you live, express your disgust to the SA Government on its lack of foresight. To do so, click the link here to go to our How You Can Help page.
The interview runs 3mins 20secs.
South Australian MP, SA BEST's Frank Pangallo travels to the Barossa to learn first hand of the issues confronting BWT owner John Geber in his efforts to bring back the Wine Train and its potential to significantly increase tourism to the Valley.
Frank was immensely impressed with the work John has already done in restoring Chateau Tanunda. CLICK HERE for more details.