Heritage, Operations & Maintenance, Safety, Social Governance, Workforce

Defibrillator ensures safety first at Seymour


The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program has helped provide the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre with a potentially life-saving defibrillator.

The addition of the unit will enable the SRHC to continue to improve safety for its five full-time staff, 40 active volunteers, contractors, visitors, and passengers.

Established in 1983, the SRHC keeps Victoria’s rail history alive by operating special passenger services throughout the state and interstate using its fleet of preserved diesel locomotives and heritage passenger carriages.

It also offers an opportunity for train enthusiasts to gather, socialise and contribute to the restoration and maintenance of vintage rolling stock.

SRHC treasurer Barbara Moss said while the business offered first aid training for all staff and volunteers, the addition of a defibrillator was an important step to ensure it would be prepared to deal with anything more serious.

“We will now have a defibrillator available at our Seymour works depot and on train journeys to improve health and safety,” she said.

ARTC Victoria and South Australia Projects general manager Ed Walker said the work these organisations carried out was instrumental to the wellbeing of regional communities.

“The latest round of funding takes overall support for local communities and associations along the Inland Rail alignment to nearly $1.1 million since the program launched in 2019,” he said.

“I encourage other non-profit groups to lodge their applications for the next round of funding which is open until Sunday, April 30.”

The Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program offers funding between $1000 and $4000 for individuals and organisations in regional areas along the Inland Rail alignment. The funding supports organisations or individuals that contribute to local and regional prosperity, wellbeing, and sustainability.

Visit the Community Sponsorships and Donations program page for more information or call 1800 732 761 or email: ircommunitysponsorships@artc.com.au to check  funding eligibility and to apply. Include as much information as possible to tell the story of goals and how they will benefit communities.