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Coal trains could be set to roll through the New South Wales mid-western region again.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) has signalled it wants to use the Kandos to Gulgong route for transporting cargo from a proposed mine in the Cobbora district near Dunedoo, to power stations in the Hunter Valley.
The ARTC will need to submit an application to the Department of Planning if the track, which has been out of action for several years, needs repairs.
The chairman of the Lachlan Regional Transport Committee, Russell Holden, says while it is great news for the local economy, he admits it will not be as well received by some residents.
"It's a double-edged sword. We're very pleased about the reopening and the upgrade of the rail line, we're very pleased about the fact that we can then get some transport happening on that," he said.
"The negative is that's it's nearly a decade since commercial freight ran down that line and we need to ensure the safety of our communities."
Mr Holden says there are several matters which need to be considered.
"We obviously need to address the environmental issues of dust and noise, but at the end of the day rail freight in country NSW is a very, very important link to the rest of the country," he said.
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