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Plans to construct a transport rail line between Tumut and Cootamundra continue to roll along with Cootamundra Shire Council motioning to execute a Memorandum of Understanding between itself and other proponents of the line.
Since initial discussions with the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) the planning process has proceed with potential proponents being identified and a submission filed to the Federal Government.
While the draft copy of the Memorandum of Understanding was tabled to the council, the names of the proponents were withheld to protect their commercial confidence.
CEO of the ARA, Bryan Nye said the interested parties were now applying for funding through the Federal Government's AusLink program.
"We're seeking $40 million in funding from the government out of a total cost of $95 million," Mr Nye said.
"The further $45 million is expected to come from the proponents involved in the rail line."
Under the Memorandum of Understanding, if the project is not allocated funding under the AusLink program than the three councils, Cootamundra, Gundagai and Tumut, will be obliged to pursue other methods of funding.
For now, Mr Nye said the issue was getting the communities in Cootamundra, Gundagai, and Tumut shires behind the proposal.
"We need to make sure the people in these communities start supporting the idea and we will be doing all that we can to ensure that," he said.
During discussions about the proposed rail line in the council's April meeting Mayor Paul Braybrooks said arrangements for the proposed line were progressing well.
"This is probably the most optimistic situation I've been in with this Tumut to Cootamundra rail line and I think I should sign it (the Memorandum of Understanding)," Cr Braybrooks said.
The council agreed motioning to execute the Memorandum of Understanding under the Seal of Council.
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