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Liked the ride? Why not buy it?

By Riverine Herald

VICTORIA’S retired trams will get a new lease on life with the release of an expression of interest giving Victorians the opportunity to acquire one of the trams.

Schools, community groups, not-for-profit organisations and other public institutions will also be able to access a tram for free under the retired trams strategy released by the Victorian Government.

The expression of interest process will ask people to explain how they would restore, re-purpose and maintain one of these trams, preserving it for future generations.

Of the 237 retired trams, 134 will be made available to the public as part of the expression of interest.

Over the years, many trams have already been re-purposed for varying uses, including as cafes and classrooms, and are on display in public places.

Anyone is welcome to express their interest in acquiring a tram, and community groups and educational institutions are particularly encouraged to apply.

The expressions of interest for the trams will be assessed by an independent panel against a weighting system, which gives priority to those trams that will remain accessible to the public under their new ownership and also provide a demonstrable community benefit.

All applications for the expression of interest process can only be made through the VicTrack website, where you complete a detailed questionnaire.

The expression of interest process will open on May 28 and close on July 6.

For more information, visit victrack.com.au/trams