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There are high hopes for today's first meeting of a new ministerial taskforce after a 15-year campaign to keep rail lines open in the New South Wales central west.
The Blayney, Cowra, Harden, Young and Weddin Shires have been working intensively for the past two years to try to get the line between Blayney and Harden upgraded and fully re-opened.
Councillor Maurice Simpson will represent the group at today's meeting.
Cr Simpson says the meeting will be chaired by the deputy director general of Transport New South Wales, Joanna Quilty.
He says Ms Quilty's presence indicates the meeting's importance.
"You could hardly expect a higher ranked person to come out to Cowra for this meeting and we're thrilled with that," he said.
"Well I think it's groundbreaking - it's revolutionary really."
The State Government agreed to set up the taskforce in March to investigate the opportunities for the Blayney to Harden Line.
Cr Simpson says the gathering in Cowra is the result of 15 years of lobbying, but today will only be one step forward.
"We've got to get to know each other," he said.
"We've got to find out what the Government expects of us and the Government will ask us what we're going to do for them - in other words what freight we can supply.
"It's not going to be a one-day show it's going to be a steady progressive report."
Representatives of Industry and Investment New South Wales will also attend today's taskforce meeting.
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