Five charities benefit from final weekend ticket sales of Sydney Monorail
Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today said five children’s charities will share in more than $70,000 donated by the generous people of NSW after the Sydney Monorail drew record crowds over its farewell weekend.
Last month the State Government announced that all revenue from ticket sales would be donated to five chosen charities, and as a result thousands turned out to be part of history, Ms Berejiklian said.
“I’m just delighted that we had more than 15,000 customers turn up on the final weekend, to support these charities and take one last loop on the monorail,” she said.
“There is nothing more satisfying than being able to hand over a cheque today for more than $14,000 each to these five worthy charities.
“I’d like to thank those generous customers for taking part in the final weekend and Sydney Monorail staff for their hard work over the 25 years.”
Ticket proceeds from the final weekend have today been donated to:
- Camp Quality
- Make-A-Wish® Australia
- The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
- Youth Off The Streets
Ms Berejiklian also congratulated winners of the ballot who won the chance to buy two tickets each to take part in the final loop of the Sydney Monorail on Sunday night.
The NSW Government has awarded the contract to remove the Sydney Monorail to Sydney-based Metropolitan Demolitions Group.
The monorail decommissioning is now underway, and the infrastructure will soon be gradually removed, with major demolition activities to be completed early next year.
Work includes dismantling the track, 100 support pedestals, stations, structural columns and other equipment. About 90 per cent of the 1500 tonnes of steel from the monorail structures, and over 400 cubic metres of concrete will be recycled.
For more information on the removal project, go to http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects-monorail-removal-project
Sydney Monorail Final Weekend Fast Facts
- The charities will receive $14,021 each towards their very worthwhile causes, after a total of $70,105 was raised through ticket sales.
- There were 15,721 tickets sold during the closing weekend.
- This is a 210% increase on the 5,806 tickets sold on the same weekend in 2012.
- During the final week of operation there were 45,046 journeys taken.
- This is an increase of around 95% compared to 26,922 for the same week in 2012.