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A north-west Queensland mayor says small communities will suffer because of an ongoing push by Queensland Rail (QR) to focus on transporting minerals and coal.
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union says QR wants to close freight distribution centres at Cloncurry, Hughenden, Richmond, Julia Creek and Charters Towers but QR has not confirmed when.
The union is holding talks today in an effort to save at least one of the depots.
Flinders Mayor Brendan McNamara says any closures would hurt local communities.
"It's a Government-owned corporation whichever way you look at it and I just believe the Government should be making sure these corporations are run proactively and provide good and efficient services for the people who live out here," he said.
Meanwhile, the Diamantina Mayor says he is confident the State Government will maintain its regional freight rail network in south-west Queensland to supply essential goods like groceries.
There has been concern about QR moving some of its smaller freight onto road transport, as well as the long-term future of the rail freight service.
Robbie Dare met state Transport Minister Rachel Nolan last week. He says she is committed to seeing services continue to ensure grocery supplies get to remote areas via rail in the future.
"Yes she did, she said [QR] had a service obligation to provide that service out here and if they have got to keep the train rolling for that, well they should try and get more cattle carted on it," he said.
"If the line has got to be used, they may as well use it properly, and I thought she was very good, I thought she was getting right across her portfolio and we should get some positive outcome."
QR says it hasn't removed any transport services from north-west Queensland but it is working through changes with affected employees.
Spokesman Mark Hairsine says there has been extensive consultation over several months about moving small freight volumes onto the road.
"QR has no intention of walking away from regional Queensland - these are customers and communities that remain very important to our business," he said.
"The bottom line is that we've not withdrawn any transport services to customers. Small freight customers in all those centres continue to get their products. We're not removing transport services for customers, we are delivering them differently."
McKinlay Mayor Paul Woodhouse says the council has been disappointed at how the changes to rail services have been implemented.
He says it is still in discussions about future cattle train services from Julia Creek.
"Probably I haven't seen a worse withdrawal process ... in my life ... it's been handled less than professionally by QR. It's left the employees uncertain and the communities uncertain as well, but having said that we've had some proactive discussions with QR recently," he said.
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