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Locals in the north-east Tasmanian town of Scottsdale do not agree on everything, but the general consensus is the place is booming.
When the ABC visited Scottsdale to sound out the locals on their election issues, the fate of the rail trail held great importance, but so did other issues like education and the cost of power.
New businesses have sprung up and tourists have flocked to the region, many drawn by new mountain bike tracks in nearby Derby.
A local rail trail project, set up by the Rotary Club on a disused rail corridor between Scottsdale and Legerwood, is already providing a scenic path for cyclists and walkers.
But the call to similarly convert the stretch of track between Scottsdale and Launceston has created a lot of angst.
In 2015, the North East Recreation Trial received a $1.47 million Federal Government grant to convert the Scottsdale-Launceston corridor into a rail trail.
"It's got health, economic and community benefits," said the the group's secretary Michael Lowe.
"People could walk or cycle whenever they want for free. It's a smooth surface, it's low grade, it's open all the time."
But the State Government has not yet signed off on the use of the corridor.
"[The grant] is actually in danger of being taken away because it's taken this long to get this far. We need an urgent decision on this project otherwise we might lose our money," said Mr Lowe.
The Launceston and North East Railway group wants to restore the disused corridor as a heritage rail service.
"All we want is to retain the $40 million of infrastructure," said Wendy McLennan.
"We don't want it torn up because once it goes, it goes.
"We want to link it in eventually to the main line, which would bring passengers from Launceston through to the north east and it'll bring a much broader range of tourists."
Ms McLennan said tourists who would only visit Launceston for two or three days could catch a train to attractions like wineries, the Barnbougle golf course, the Bridestowe Lavender farm or the bike trails in Derby.
Opponents of the heritage rail idea have argued the restoration project is prohibitively expensive and would not break even, though Ms McLennan said a private investor was ready to back the project.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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