Moorebank Intermodal Backlash, Full story



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Feds feel the heat on’ Moorebank plan

 

 

By Sean Muir | July 27, 2012

Community   backlash threatens to overshadow private interest in the government’s   proposed Moorebank Intermodal Terminal (IMT).

At   least 130 public submissions have been made objecting to the   terminal proposal, while about 37 major freight, logistics, construction and   project finance companies reportedly registered their interest in   tendering for the project at recent market briefings.

While   attendance at market briefings shows private sector appetite for the   project, A Moorebank Project Office spokesman says there is continuing   concern about it in the community.

“There   has been quite a bit of backlash – they realise that it is an important piece   of infrastructure they just don’t want it in their backyard,” he says.

The   spokesman says the government is working to iron out issues with the project.

“What   the government has decided to do is to put the project through the state and   federal planning processes because what they want to do is make sure it   captures every possible planning issue – and the reason for that is that   locally it has been quite a contentious issue,” the spokesman says.”

“Because   the project has gone through both state and federal planning processes there   are two different processes which both accept submissions.”

The   spokesman says the majority of submissions were made by residents concerned   about effects the terminal would have on air quality and traffic.

“All   they had heard was that all these extra trucks were going to come and it was   going to destroy the area,” he says.

He   says most issues raised will be addressed in the in project’s Environmental   Impact Statement.

The   spokesman says since the government decided to go ahead with the project   about two months ago, it has been able to communicate to the community   more positive news, including the creation of thousands of jobs as part of   the project.

“Just   building the project, stage one, you are looking at about 1600 jobs,” he   says.

“The   second phase will create about 900 jobs.

“Then   they are expecting about 1700 ongoing jobs at working the terminals and   supporting the warehouses that will also be on site.

“There   are some real benefits locally and I think that message is slowly getting   across to the locals as well.”

A   business case prepared for the government found the IMT would generate $10   billion in economic benefits, boosting productivity, slashing business costs   and taking 1.2 million truck trips off Sydney’s roads each year.

The   recent market briefings follow the government announcement in April that it   would proceed with the Moorebank IMT as a private-sector project through a   competitive tender process.

 

COMMENTS (1)

 

Comment by 18898568
posted 5     days ago
Sean, Does     this goose of a spokesperson realise what it will be like to live around     the Moorebank Intermodal?

Perhaps from his beautiful property in an affluent area paid for with tax     payers funds the world looks different.

Here surrounding the Intermodal madness residents are not so well healed     and struggle weekly to hold down their job, pay their mortgage, feed and     educate their children.

Would you like to die from diesel poisons and airborne emissions during     construction and operation?

Would you like to see more children die early in their lives or have     hideous diseases restrict their childhood development.
The multi billion dollar rail system from Port botany to Port Moorebank can     not cope with the predicted container numbers and future growth which will     require many more extra truck trips and many extra traffic gridlock areas     within a 20km radius.

This is a stupid idea created by stupid Inter-moron governments and pushed     along by greedy Inter-moron multinational business who want to only make     money.

Regards
Jim McGoldrick
Holsworthy NSW

 

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