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The Member for Eden-Monaro, Mike Kelly, says south east New South Wales is set to benefit from a high-speed rail network regardless of the chosen route.
The Government has announced the next phase of a study into the east coast network, with proposed routes along the Princes and Hume Highways.
Although an interim report found the Hume Highway would be cheaper, Dr Kelly says an existing rail corridor through to Bombala could be an advantage.
"There are other factors to play in here such as the acquisition of the land and how much that might cost, because we already have a rail corridor that stretches through to Bombala," he said.
"So it's a question of whether that would outweigh the geotechnical costs of establishing a very fast train route."
He says the region's proximity to Canberra will work in its favour.
"Either route would come through Canberra," he said.
"It would still open up possibilities to draw more tourists into our region through that portal.
"I am also pursuing opening up the Port of Eden as a major portal for tourists coming in, through an expanded cruise liner trade option.
"So there's a range of things that are coming our way."
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