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The future of the Blayney to Demondrille rail line remains uncertain until the independent study into the viability of the line is released.
That was the message from a meeting between the mayors of the five councils pushing for the line to be reopened and the NSW opposition spokesperson for regional infrastructure Mick Veitch, and opposition transport spokesperson Penny Sharpe.
Blayney, Cowra, Young, Harden, and Weddin councils are currently reviewing Booz & Co consultants draft report before they submit it to the transport minister Gladys Berejiklian.
Blayney Shire mayor Bruce Kingham said although the report has not yet been released to the public the taskforce were already aware of many of the challenges that needed to be overcome before the line could be reopened.
He said issues including the potential use of the rail, economic advantages of rail over road transport and the issue of congestion on metropolitan roads would all have to be addressed.
“It was a very positive meeting and I’m very passionate about this rail line,” Cr Kingham said.
“We’ve got Sealink expanding, Cadia East coming and a new slurry pipeline coming in from Cadia that’ll bring more slurry into Blayney to be dewatered and transported to Port Kembla for export to Japan so there is use for the line.”
Cr Kingham said the line would help with further growth of the Blayney Shire and grow believes the line would “enhance” the development and growth of Cowra and other five councils involved, whilst also removing congestion on the roads and reducing infrastructure damage caused by heavy vehicles.
Opposition spokesperson for regional infrastructure Mick Veitch said the issues surrounding the line, including its economic viability, had not changed from the previous government.
“I have been one of the strong advocates to assist the five councils in the process,” he said.
“I used to work on the railways so I’m actually a rail fan.
“For the line to be reopened would be a positive.”
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