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The Queensland Government says it will consider upgrades to the Flinders Highway and the Mount Isa to Townsville rail corridor if mining activity in the region increases.
The miners Xstrata Copper, MMG and Cudeco have agreed to contribute money to build a rail load-out facility about 10 kilometres east of Cloncurry.
The Natural Resources and Mines Minister, Andrew Cripps, says the facility gives the miners certainty about the future.
"There is the potential for growth in the capacity of the facility," he said.
"I think that that will lead to all the resource companies considering how they stage their resource projects but also, if there needs to be improvements in the transport facilities including the highway and the railway line, that's something we'll have to consider going forward."
Mr Cripps says the facility will take heavy rail loading activity out of the Cloncurry township.
"The three partners in this joint venture have been able to identify a location close to the Flinders Highway, close to the Mount Isa railway line," he said.
"The current load-out facilities are located in town and that creates safety and amenity concerns for the people of ... Cloncurry.
"So this is a much better outcome for all concerned."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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