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Inland rail a trifecta for Toowoomba region: mayor
A PUSH to allow a private operator to reopen an abandoned country freight rail line could become a model for resurrecting other disused lines across the state.
The state government is advertising for tenders to run and maintain 200km of track from Blayney to Demondrille and Koorawatha to Greenthorpe — known collectively as the “Cowra Lines” and closed in 2007 — as part of the country regional network.
The government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Central West councils of Blayney, Cowra, Harden, Weddin and Young to test commercial interest in recommissioning the line, linking the main western line at Blayney with the Sydney to Melbourne southern line at Demondrille, between Cootamundra and Harden.
But the government has firmly stated that no public money is available for the track, one of almost 40 abandoned branch lines in NSW.
This article first appeared on www.dailytelegraph.com.au
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