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The councils behind a campaign to reopen a central west rail line say they have secured freight from a gold mine and are now looking for someone to operate the track.
The general manager of the Weddin Shire Council, Trevor Lobb, says the bid suffered a blow when a paper and pulp miller pulled out of a plan to use the line from Blayney to Demondrille, near Harden.
"At the time it happened it affected us significantly because it, that extra freight would have carried the benefit-cost ratio over the threshold value of one, which we need to do to establish that the line is viable," he said.
"So it was a bit of a blow when that happened but we've had some good news since then and we've been able to replace that quantity of freight with other freight."
Mr Lobb, says the five councils need to prove the line is viable by attracting freight before the state government will agree to reopen it.
He says the campaign has been saved by a mine near Cowra.
"They really want to use rail and they're very keen to see if they can support that," he said.
"But the quantities that they're talking about transporting from the Cowra area down to Port Kembla are very significant and again throw the benefit-cost ratio over one so again we have viable line if we can hold all that together."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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