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A group of central west councils is hoping to secure commonwealth funding to help reopen a local rail line which is expected to cost $30 million.
A delegation has met representatives from the Department of Regional Development in Canberra.
The group wants to see the Blayney to Demondrille Line reopened to help transport grain and mining freight.
The Weddin Shire Council's general manager, Trevor Lobb, says an application for regional development funding will be lodged, when the next round of grants opens.
"The estimates of just repairing the line to its previous condition are in the order of $30 million and there are grants available of up to $15 million, so there's 50% of the rail costs," he said.
"There will be other costs on the projects so that the overall costs will be more than $30 million but it's a pretty good step if we can manage to pull in one of those grants."
A memorandum of understanding is also being finalised with the State Government.
Mr Lobb says the importance of getting the freight lines re-opened is starting to sink in.
"The federal government representatives were aware of that, the ones we met this week, the state government reps are still coming to grips with some of the scale of it.
"It's become a little bit bigger than what they were originally expecting from us, I believe, because of the potential of mining freight, which the line has brought out from our area down towards Port Kembla."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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