Were getting a tram!

17 Oct 2018 McIvor Times, Heathcote VIC (General News) by Michael Mattingly HEATHCOTES Holy Rosary School will have a new type of classroom after one of Victorias retired W-Class trams was donated to the school. The member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, joined candidate for Euroa Fionna Deppeler-Morton last week at the school to share the news that their application to give one of the iconic W-Class trams a new home was successful. The retired tram is one of many to be allocated following an Expression of Interest process run by VicTrack in recent months. All of the trams being donated have been retired from network operations over the past 30 years. As part of the expression of interest process, more than 1500 applications were received from across Australia and overseas, with many great ideas on how to bring a tram back to life. Applicants had to demonstrate how their tram would benefit the community, how it would be accessible to the public or promote the state. They were also asked to outline how they would repurpose and maintain the tram to ensure it remained in a good condition. Were proud to have found such a deserving home for one of our states retired trams, Ms Symes said. I am delighted to see one of Victorias iconic trams come to Heathcote and thank Holy Rosary for all their hard work in putting together such a great application. The tram is sure to be a hit with the kids who will get to see the tram transformed into a wonderful unique learning space. Ms Deppeler-Morton said: Giving country kids the opportunity to have a part of Victorias history right in their school yard is wonderful, congratulations Holy Rosary Primary School. Were proud to have found such a deserving home for one of our states retired trams. - Jaclyn Symes