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Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio says he will make a renewed effort to call for a rail link between Parkes in New South Wales and Brisbane, via regional southern Queensland.
The Toowoomba and Goondiwindi councils met Australasian Railway Association (ARA) CEO Brian Nye, in Millmerran yesterday, to get an update on the long-discussed inland rail line from Melbourne to Brisbane.
Councillor Antonio says the ARA is positive about the project's future.
"One of my roles will be to talk to the likes of the Council of Mayors South-East Queensland and their infrastructure committee ... we need to make sure those people are aware of the potential," he said.
"We need to make sure that they are positive about it and we need to recognise that fact that we'll benefit all of south-east Queensland.
"The foundational infrastructure has been done from Melbourne to Parkes. It's ready to go.
"It's the Parkes to Brisbane part that we're wanting to see some action about and Brian Nye is confident that with a pending election and the real need for this to happen, there are some strong prospects that we'll see the inland rail happen in the not too distant future."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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