Historical information

Document regarding the abandonment of tramways in Ballarat and Bendigo. Presented to State Parliament Sept. 1970 by the MInister for Fuel and Power, the Hon J C M Balfour MLA. Outlines the losses incurred by the SEC, replacement public transport system, the worn out nature of the system, the gifting of one Bendigo tramcar to the AETM, costs of track repairs and new trramcars, tenders for replacement bus services, retrenchment payments to staff, reconstruction of existing roads following removal of the tracks, and town planning and traffic aspects. Includes a photo of a bus and interior seating. A graph from 1934 to 1970 shows the service miles, passengers carried, average fare, expenditure, revenue and loss, along with dates of major fare revisions.

Significance

Yields information about the 1970 proposal to close Ballarat and Bendigo tramway systems which was successful despite previous attempts when the Bolte Governments did not have the numbers in the upper house.

Physical description

Document 16 Quarto sheets, duplicated and one sheet with a folded colour graph.

Inscriptions & markings

In ink on front sheet "D/T/S"