18th January 2022
Another year has passed, and as we move on with our lives in this Covid world, we not only think about those lost on the 18th January 1977, but now those suffering a loss to the Coronavirus Pandemic. As stated on many occasions, those who lose a loved one in any situation is sad, but to lose someone in tragic circumstances, there is no closure.
It was surprising to see the attendance at the 2021 service this year, as we knew many would be absent due to Covid. However, as 10am rolled on, the Granville Town Hall became so crowded more seating had to be added.
So, as the 45th anniversary draws near, we can say at this time that all is progressing slowly.
The difference this year, unlike the previous 5th year service which has been held at St Marks Church has been moved to the Granville Town Hall like our normal anniversary services. Two reasons for this is the unknown Covid restrictions which may be in force and a shorter walk for those who are finding it difficult in our maturing years.
Another year has now passed and the association still keeps working in the background.
So what is news. Well, the funds of the association have slowly been getting lower over the past 5 years since we obtained a small grant, so we applied for a little funding but this was declined. Cumberland Council picks up the bill for the memorial service and maintains the memorial wall with the assistance of Sydney trains. Yes, the council now has listed the annual service as a council event and we must abide by their protocols during the anniversary service.
Funding at present, listed in point 9 below is that the association now has all rights to 100% of the profit gained by the Book and Grahan McNiece's DVD, he has donated the collectors DVD giving us 100% of the DVD sale.
What does the Granville Train Disaster Association Incorporated do?
Well, we compere the day, and it is run by those who were directly involved, such as family members who lost a loved one, survivors & rescuers. This is done on a voluntary basis. At this time we have an 11 person committee who are all, in some way, involved with the disaster. Survivor Rob Garner & Paul Touzell will be the official comperes on the day.
What many don't realise is:
1. Members of the committee meet/zoom on a regular basis through out the year, covid permitting.
2. A Facebook Support Page is run for those wishing to make contact.
3. A private page also runs for those requiring personal messages and counselling.
4. An association Page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2172595049662082
5. We run a Web page & email address as below.
6. Persons are still coming forward with their story of the day.
7. Many still, have not recovered over losing their loved one, and in some cases these people lost
more than one family member. This leading to post trauma support.
8. We are still in contact with many these days due to the way the situation was handled in the past,
which led to us requesting an apology from the Premier of the day for the way things were
handled in 1977 by the then Premier Neville Wran..
9. Currently our only income is the Granville book, (Revisiting the Granville Train Disaster of 1977)
which, is supported by the association and sold at a small profit along with 100% of DVD sales.
10. Members of the association pay $10.00 per calendar year.
11. Donations are mainly received from Relatives, Survivors & Rescuers.
Overheads mainly funded by committee members.
The association is a member of the Royal Historical Society.
Mail outs - committee meetings and for post trauma support counselling..
Banking / eftpos account.
Occassional phone rental as we have a silent number.
Visits to those requiring counselling.
Last year we answered a call from a nursing home stating they had a patient in distress with the upcoming anniversary. We visited such person only to find, he was the person who wrote the rail report. We had a good chat but mostly with tears in our eyes.
This year we found and reunited 2 police officers who hadn't seen each other for many years. They were the first two police officers on the scene from Granville Police Station.
We come across persons such as above all through the year who still need someone to talk to.
Post Traumatic Counselling still continues near 45 years on.
The members fee is very important to us to survive so please make sure your membership is up to date and continue to assist us for the years ahead.
We have made it easy for members and interested parties to jon or pay membership fees by clicking on the Membership - Donation link below the Birdie!!