[font size="1" color="#FF0000"]LAST EDITED ON Dec-06-01 AT 04:06PM (EST)[/font][p]G'day,

This is what the Queensland Premier, Peter Beattie, told the media following the launch of Trainz in Brisbane:

Another smart Queensland company is set to cash in on the world's dual love affair with trains and computer games Premier Peter Beattie said today when he officially launched the new computer game 'Trainz, Model Railroading on your PC'.

Mr Beattie said train and game enthusiasts were already queuing with email orders for Auran Holdings latest computer games offering which will hit the market in February.

"The Trainz game allows people to create the model train layout of their dreams. They can run their choice of locomotives and rolling stock around spectacular virtual landscapes," Mr Beattie said.

"Its another winner for Auran which is already a successful exporter.

"In 1999 Auran won the Arts and Entertainment category of the Premier's Awards for Export Achievement and went on to win the National Export Award in the same category.

"The company employs more than 50 people here in Brisbane. This really is a case of Trainz means jobs for Queenslanders," Mr Beattie said.

"These are the sort of new-age jobs that we are encouraging all over Queensland as part of the State Government's Smart State philosophy."

Mr Beattie said Auran's first export market was the United States but its products are now available in many international languages including French, German, Spanish and Italian.

"The 'games' Auran produces could have more serious applications with Trainz, and Auran's Jet software engine, having potential to be used for training purposes by the RAAF," Mr Beattie said.

"This is an indication of how sophisticated their research and development is."


Regards, Jerzy.