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The South East could see the return of a freight rail service between Mount Gambier and Heywood, if recommendations of a new study are adopted.
Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast commissioned CSIRO to map the region's freight task in the South East and Western Victoria for commodities including timber, livestock, dairy products and crops.
While it found reinstating the Mount Gambier to Wolseley line wouldn't be feasible, RDA Limestone Coast Chair, Peter Gandolfi says RDA will work with the government on an engineering assessment and cost analysis for the Heywood line.
“The report has revealed that for the commodities included in this study, approximately 527,000 truck movements use at least part of the Limestone Coast region’s transport network. Of these about 476,000 movements originate in or are destined for the region."
Mr Gandolfi said not only does the report identify direct freight savings for local businesses, it also indicates other economic and social benefits if a rail freight service was reinstated.
“A further $1.5 million in savings each year has been identified through reduced road maintenance and avoided accidents,” Mr Gandolfi said.
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The full report can be accessed at http://www.rdalc.org.au
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