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Inland rail a trifecta for Toowoomba region: mayor
A central Queensland Mayor has dismissed a proposed tourist train service as a "white elephant."
Community group Rail Link wants to make use of the now disused rail line between Rockhampton and Yeppoon to operate a train.
The train would be funded by the community, but Livingstone Shire Mayor Bill Ludwig says the $500,000 a year cost of the idle rail line would be better spent on other projects.
"The tourist organisation has indicated that a tourist train would be a white elephant," he said.
"It wouldn't be utilised, it would cost an arm and a leg to run, and this community cannot afford the luxury of projects like the Beaudesert Rail that had $5 million of public money put into it and actually went broke inside of 12 months."
However, Stephen Johns from Rail Link says responses to surveys and petitions suggest there is 90 per cent support for a rail line, and he says any comparison with the Beaudesert railway is unfair.
"But the Beaudesert railway had a number of natural disasters," he said.
"They lost a bridge and part of the railway track through fires.
"He forgets to cite the other 30 or more profitable community-run railways throughout Australia.
"We can just look at our own Mary Valley for that and go down south to Victoria where there's a number."
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