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RAIL track workers and their families from Tamworth and surrounding communities braved freezing winds on the weekend to rally against a proposed mass job loss for the area.
Concerned Tamworth resident Marea Whitney presented a petition of more than 4500 signatures to Member for Tamworth Peter Draper, who will give it to Transport Minister Michael Costa in Parliament this week.
The Leader reported in April that 34 Tamworth-based Rail Infrastructure Corporation workers would lose their jobs following the Australian Rail Track Corporation's (ARTC) 60-year lease of the NSW railways, which is due to start next month.
Mrs Whitney said the loss of rail workers would have a knock-on effect similar to the merging of the New England and Hunter health services.
"The Government is obviously only concerned about people who live in metropolitan areas and have forgotten about rural, regional and country communities," Mrs Whitney said.
"This mass job loss of rail workers is going to have a significant impact on our region.
"Not only will it mean the loss of bridge maintenance crew and general maintenance workers, but the whole community will suffer.
"It will drive people out of the country and jeopardise the safety of others in the region who use the rail network."
Mrs Whitney said concerns were raised during the rally about the loss of CountryLink services to Armidale and Moree.
"Why is the Government targeting our country rail link?," Mrs Whitney said.
"I hope by showing the Minister for Transport we won't take this lying down he will sit up and take notice.
"I've had people from Kentucky, Moonbi, Inverell and other north-west communities sign this petition showing their support for a country rail service."
A rally was also held in Moree protesting against cuts, which attracted strong support from members of the community.
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