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A request to permanently close the disused Nyngan to Bourke railway line has been rejected by both local councils.
The line from Nyngan to Bourke has not been used since 1989 when it was damaged by flooding, and required $12 million in repairs.
The Member for Dubbo, Dawn Fardell, has written to both local councils with a request from a businessman who wants to remove the steel sleepers.
However, Bogan Mayor Ray Donald says there is a possibility the line could be reopened in the future.
"There have been some promising investigations to iron ore at Coolabah and also while ever there's copper being found in the Girilambone area in our shire there's a possibility it could be transported on the railway line that used to run between Nyngan and Bourke,'' he said.
"There's a future perspective in it and while ever the railway line remains there which it should it would make the reopening of it that much more feasible."
Bourke Shire general manager Geoff Wise says it is critical the 200 kilometres of line remain in place.
"Obviously while there's mining exploration going on in the Bourke Shire and in other areas [there is] the potential for a railway line to be kicked into gear," he said.
"It's so vital that it's appropriate for the line not to be decommissioned."
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