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Inland rail a trifecta for Toowoomba region: mayor
A Southern Downs regional councillor says the shire should join an alliance considering opportunities the proposed inland rail line will bring.
Final studies are underway into a railway between Melbourne and the Port of Brisbane.
The Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Alliance meets in Sydney later this month.
Cr Neil Meiklejohn says the Southern Downs council should get a seat at the table, even though the proposed route of the line does not pass through the shire.
"For information's sake in guiding but also contributing to the solutions if we can and in that way we can position ourselves for the best outcomes for all communities across the rail line," he said.
Although the final alignment is yet to be decided, it is expected the multi-billion dollar line will be built further west through Goondiwindi.
Cr Meiklejohn says even if the line does not pass through the shire it could still bring enormous benefits.
"If that can be coming through the Southern Downs in part, which is the ideal situation, but very important that even if it doesn't come through the Southern Downs that we identify the short line railway and our own intermodal local hubs to maximise that benefit and get our rail freight through to the port of Brisbane," he said.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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