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Central Queensland Opposition backbencher Ken O'Dowd has called on the Federal Government to declare a new freight rail line to Gladstone as a project of national significance.
Developer Everald Compton is working with a consortium of coal companies to complete a rail link between Toowoomba in the state's south and Gladstone on the central Queensland coast.
Mr O'Dowd says it is part of a bigger project for a dual gauge railway from Melbourne and will allow more exports to be shipped out of Gladstone.
"Gladstone is far closer to our south-east Asian trading partners than say Melbourne," he said.
"We can't use Brisbane as a port for such magnitude, but it just makes sense that we get in and finish the railway line so we can have the wider gauge tracks which will allow us to take bigger loads and better loads."
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