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THE severely damaged Mount Isa to Townsville rail line is costing mine operators “tens of millions” in revenue every week.
Katter’s Australian Party state leader Robbie Katter has called on authorities to speed up efforts to repair more than 300km of line which was destroyed during this month’s severe flooding in the North West.
Mr Katter has also suggested an independent co-ordinator be assigned specifically to look after the recovery work of the rail line, separate from State Disaster Recovery Co-ordinator Major-General (retired) Stuart Smith’s role.
“Whatever efforts the Government is planning to make through Queensland Rail to fix this problem, they need to triple it, it’s critical that this line opens up fast,” he said.
A total of 307km of track on the rail line has been damaged by the unprecedented North Queensland floods, with extreme erosion identified at 204 sites.
This includes about 40km of major track washouts and 20km of track scouring.
This article first appeared on www.townsvillebulletin.com.au
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