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Minister approves manangement Authority for the Victor Harbor Horse Tram

File Reference No: GOV9.14.015

Minister approves new management Authority for the Victor Harbor Horse Tram

The City of Victor Harbor’s plan to establish a new management authority for its Horse Drawn Tram has been approved by the Minister for Local Government.

The Minister’s approval of the Victor Harbor Horse Tram Authority was formalised on 25 October 2018, marking a significant achievement in the council’s review of the iconic attraction. The milestone follows extensive work undertaken by the Victor Harbor Horse Tram Committee over the past two years.

The new management authority ensures the Horse Tram service remains in community hands. While the council retains ownership, the new management authority will oversee the operations of the Victor Harbor Horse Tram and will be governed by a board. 

It is hoped that under the new governance structure there will be additional opportunities to achieve efficiencies which will lead to increased revenue, and ultimately bring the horse tram service back to a break even position.

Following the Minister’s approval there is a lot of work to be undertaken to establish the Authority. A report is expected to be presented to a Special meeting of Council for the City of Victor Harbor CEO to be appointed as the interim General Manager of the Victor Harbor Horse Tram Authority. 

The role of the interim General Manager will be to convene the first board meeting of the Authority and assist the board to appoint a General Manager and establish the operating structure.

Members of the council’s Horse Tram Advisory Committee will form the inaugural board for a period of six months to oversee the establishment of the Authority and recruitment of the General Manager and board members.



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