Last week, the Bendigo Weekly revealed the Bendigo Trust, which runs the city’s famous Talking Trams, the Discovery Centre and the Central Deborah Mine,
feared the city’s main tourist attractions may become stale.
It also feared the long-term future of the mine, and the Trust itself, could be in jeopardy because of rising water levels.
The Trust has revealed the Discovery Centre needed a large maintenance overhaul to stop it closing when the weather is too hot or wet.
Cr Sandner said it was important to both advocate for more money for the three attractions, as well as increase patronage.
“I believe the tram should be allowed to carry the public as well as tourists,” he said.
“We also need to possibly expand the tram line, although I am not a great supporter of that, I prefer to expand the bus network.
“However, there is support for trams to be able to carry passengers and run them up to the train station and up View Street.”
Cr Sandner said it should be the next council’s priority to do what it can to ensure the tram, Discovery Centre and the mine are not lost to Bendigo.
“Council’s advocacy role is important in this one,” he said.
“We have been able to build the car park, and move towards building a new theatre, improving the art gallery and redeveloping the library, projects that cost about $57 million, for a cost to ratepayers of $25 million.
“It is a challenge of the new council to advocate to governments, like we have with the above projects, to get funding to keep these attractions in place.”