Almost a year since Junee was cut from freight logistics negotiations, the town looks set to make another bid for bulk transport supremacy.
Concerns arose last August when Wagga City Council announced a deal with Visy Logistics to fund construction of the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics Hub.
The new hub would effectively remove the necessity of the Harefield Intermodal Hub in transporting heavy freight.
During a bulk future freight symposium in Junee on Thursday, Junee Shire Council general manager James Davis said the development in Bomen should not be seen as a threat, but an encouragement.
"There may be developments in Wagga down the track, but at the moment containerisation is carried out in Junee," Mr Davis said.
"With 70 per cent of the agricultural commodities exported and about 80 per cent of that as bulk freight, we see Junee as being able to re-position itself from that area and hopefully take advantage of it in the future."
Thursday's symposium focused on the results of a preliminary study by the CSIRO into the potential cost-effectiveness of the Inland Rail Project.
Once completed it will carve a 1700km corridor from Melbourne to Brisbane, including the 185km link from Albury to Illabo.
With a capacity to run double-stacked freight trains, the project is also expected to have an average saving of $67 per tonne of heavy freight.
Attending Thursday's symposium in Junee, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, who holds the infrastructure, transport and regional development portfolio, described the project as "a game changer" for the Riverina and Central West.
"Congestion is the enemy of productivity. We need to shift some of the hundreds of thousands of heavy vehicles off our roads," Mr McCormack told the gathering of up to 60 private and public stakeholders.
While there may be fewer trucks on the roads, Mr McCormack is expecting jobs to diversify for freight companies already in operation. Especially as the number of goods transported around the country doubles over the next 20 years.
Not free from opposition to the project however, the deputy prime minister was accosted by a concerned local farmer on his way out of the meeting.
"There has been years of consultation and of course for some farmers, the inland rail is going to have an impact," Mr McCormack said.
"[The local farmer] is understandably concerned that the inland rail is going to go through his property, and I understand that. But you can't build national infrastructure without having an impact on some farmers."