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An exclusion zone along rail lines could be required for all future development in the mid-western region of New South Wales.
Councillors have recommended a 50-metre landscaped buffer be introduced to protect homes and businesses from the noise and potential dust generated by coal trains which are set to return to the area.
The proposal will now go to the next council meeting.
Cr Russell Holden put forward the motion and says extra measures need to be enforced for the sake of the community.
"There is already a backlash over the fact that there will be noise from the trains," he said.
"They will come through towns probably at about 20 kilometres an hour, there will potentially be coal dust, there's talks about putting action groups together.
"I think these things need to be addressed up-front and I believe council is showing a proactive role in doing that."
He says the buffer zone would be one way to offset the impact of coal trains.
"Everybody agrees that trains are preferable to [B-double trucks] every three minutes, 24-hours-a-day," he said.
"The problem is that the people who have purchased land since the decommissioning of the rail are now saying, 'well, hang on we didn't think that there would ever be rail transport, what happens to us?'"
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