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A railway link between Mount Isa, in north-west Queensland, and Darwin is being reconsidered.
The Australian Transport and Energy Corridor Limited says the North West Minerals Province should be a major powerhouse in Australia, but it has been neglected due to its isolation.
The company's Everald Compton says transport services need to be improved through the nation's interior.
"We're in the business of connecting a railway from Melbourne to Darwin and we would certainly look seriously at doing that because that's the business we're in," he said.
"We will certainly know by the end of this year and we'll be communicating with the Mount Isa council and obviously the mining industry in that region."
Mr Compton says the idea has been considered before, but recent growth in the region means it could now be feasible.
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