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A Commonwealth report has recommended more investment is needed in the western New South Wales region's grain branch lines, which are facing closure.
The Grain Freight Review Task Force has found nine tracks, including Walgett to Burren Junction, Warren to Nevertire and Coonamble to Troy Junction, should be upgraded over the next three years.
But it also suggests more investigation is needed in the Cowra to Demondrille route in the central west.
The Mayor of the Cowra Shire, Bill West, says the onus is now on the NSW Government.
"It's now up to the State Government to come to the party and actually once and for all, which the councils have been saying, determining what sort of freight there may be out there so we can actually create infrastructure for transport infrastructure in this region," he said.
Councillor West says he hopes a study being done by the Cowra, Harden, Weddin, Blayney and Young councils helps the overall case to keep the line open.
"This completely supports what we're doing as a group of councils and hopefully out of what the Federal Government is recommending to the State Government and out of what the local councils are doing we will get some sense and a really fair dinkum review of the potential for the use of the rail between Blayney and Harden," he said.
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