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A PROPOSED transcontinental railway linking Bowen with Western Australia’s Pilbara, paving the way for the resurrection of Australia’s steel-making industry, has the support of NQ First.

Stretching from Abbot Point and the coalfields to the Pilbara’s iron ore country and export terminals, the railway is central to the long-awaited ‘Project Iron Boomerang’ which has been talked about since the late 1970s when mining magnate Lang Hancock floated the idea whilst Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen was Queensland Premier.

This massive job-creating project would be the 21st century equivalent to the Snowy Mountains Scheme, except that it would focus on Northern Australia, spanning the continent from Bowen across to the Pilbara, allowing us to transport coal and iron ore to steel mills at either end.