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Isaac council's Deputy Mayor says beef producers will bear the brunt of increased freight costs due to rail line closures.
The State Rail Safety Regulator has closed or put speed restrictions on several rail lines, over concerns that wooden bridges had not been properly checked.
The Clermont to Emerald line is one of two services still closed until bridges are inspected - two other lines have reopened with speed restrictions.
Deputy Mayor Dale Appleton says many beef producers will have to freight cattle via roads and that will cost producers more.
"Quite a lot of money extra to the producers and as you know every private business and in any business it [is] just difficult times at the moment," he said.
"It cuts your margin back and you've got to take 60 bucks freight then next thing you've got to take 90 bucks freight, it all gets back to your profit margin which gets skinnier and skinner."
He says the closure of the Clermont to Emerald rail line will put more strain on the region's roads.
"Oh I think it will, I mean out here with the mining component we have ... when you go to Emerald or to Clermont it's a lot of roadworks there, so much more added pressure onto our roads which we need to get away from," he said.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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