In collaboration with the Tarana Valley Community Group, council hosted a ‘Back on Track” community breakfast event to celebrate the new train service connecting Tarana and Rydal to the Bathurst bullet services.  200 locals and visitors braved a cold early morning to come down and meet the train at 7:30am. Mumma Snow’s Country Kitchen and General Store catered the breakfast while the team from the Lithgow Tin Shed supplied the coffee. A big brass band from Mitchell Conservatorium welcomed the train, sent it on its way again and entertained the community as we celebrated increased opportunities and connection for the residents of Tarana and Rydal.

Representatives of local community groups and services including the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP). were also present to provide the community with advice on coping with drought and ensuring emotional wellbeing during hard times.

“The Tarana Valley Community Group would like to thank you for attending the really exciting ‘breakfast launch’ at Tarana of the new Bathurst Bullet train services, which now stop at Tarana and Rydal.

As was demonstrated by the number of people at Tarana on the day, this has been a much-anticipated service for the area.  And we would like to pass on our very heartfelt thanks to Lithgow Council for supporting the breakfast, and a number of other events in Tarana.  Matthew Johnson, Community and Culture Manager for Lithgow Council, and his colleague Alison Kim, were central to the success of the event, and we are very grateful for all their help.

Given the difficult times that our region is experiencing with ongoing drought, it was wonderful for everyone to spend a happy and celebratory morning together, enjoying a chance to share a positive outcome for the community.

So again, thank you for sharing it with us, and particular thanks to Ali and Matthew for their excellent work.”

Annie Cook

Secretary,, Tarana Valley Community Group