Wednesday, 30 January 2013

NSW Moorebank proposed as an Intermodal Site?

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NSW Moorebank proposed as an Intermodal Site?

from: liverpool-leader
DEVELOPMENT of the controversial Moorebank intermodal terminal is progressing despite continuing opposition from residents.

The privately-owned SIMTA proposal is on public exhibition.
1650 full time jobs during construction of the port shuttle terminal and a further 975 jobs during construction of the interstate terminal, with 1700 ongoing jobs in the region once the facility and associated warehouses are open.

It includes the construction of a $490 million freight terminal on the west side of Moorebank Ave, affecting Wattle Grove and Holsworthy residents.

If approved, the site will hold up to one million containers a year, include the development of a train line to connect with existing freight lines, 300,000sq m of warehouse buildings and a freight village.
After reading the proposal, resident Allan Corben told the Leader the facility could be built just 400m from residents’ homes.

“The SIMTA proposal continues to be what it was day one and that is nothing but rubbish,” Mr Corben said.
The report also states stage three will take 10-12 years to complete.
The development is yet to be approved by the federal government, which wants to build its own intermodal terminal on the opposite side of the road.

BACKGROUND The use of the 220 hectare Defence site at Moorebank (site and location diagrams attached within the planning proposal, see 'Documents') for a future intermodal freight terminal (IMT) within Sydney was first announced by the Commonwealth Government in 2004. 

The site is currently owned and occupied by the Department of Defence’s School of Military Engineering (SME). On 11 May 2010, the Commonwealth Government announced $70.7 million of funding in its 2010-2011 Budget to complete the detailed planning and approval of the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal (MIT) and the relocation of the School of Military Engineering and other defence units to Holsworthy.

It also announced an intention that staged redevelopment of the site is expected to commence in 2013, subject to securing necessary approvals. 

The Department has received a request from the applicant, i.e. the Commonwealth Department of Defence and Deregulation, to amend the zoning of the subject site to facilitate the development of the intermodal terminal facilities and associated commercial and warehousing development on the SME site. 

Why was Moorebank proposed as an Intermodal Site? 

The South West and North West subregions of Sydney are experiencing high rates of growth in industrial lands, primarily centred along the M7 and M5 Motorways. The Central West subregion is already a significant industrial powerhouse. and is located adjacent to the main railway line to Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide and Port Botany.

The current level of containers into Port Botany in 2005 was approximately 1.3million Twenty foot Equivalent Units (TEU's). This is expected to grow to 2.9million TEU's by 2021.
If the current proportion of container movements by road and rail is maintained by 2021 2.7million TEU's will need to be transported by road; a volume that far exceeds the road networks capacity. If 40% of all containers are moved by rail in 2021 (the Governments target) around 1.7 million TEU's will be moved by roads.
Given the congestion on the M5, and lack of a high quality road connection to the M4 from the Port, railing these 40% or more of the containers would lead to less congestion on arterial roads in these regions.

The proposed intermodal terminal at Leumeah, and the existing intermodal terminal at Minto would have a combined capacity of 254,000 "twenty foot equivalent units" of containers, which would not be sufficient to meet the needs of the South West region, therefore  another site centrally located and within close proximity to the road and rail networks was needed. Given the urban area in the South West along the railway corridor is already highly urbanised, large sites are rare.
This means that the two proposed and one currently under construction major intermodal terminal sites will be able to move the majority of the container freight requirements:
  • Enfield - maximum 300,000 TEU's/year (under construction)
  • Moorebank - 1,000,000 TEU's/year
  • Eastern Creek - unknown but would be expected to be around 1,000,000TEU's/year or greater.

Moorebank Intermodal Freight Terminal

The Australian Government is facilitating the delivery of a major intermodal facility at Moorebank to provide a rail ‘port shuttle’ between Port Botany and the south west of Sydney, as well as warehousing and a separate terminal for interstate freight.
The port shuttle terminal, expected to commence operations from 2017, will have capacity for 1.2 million containers, vastly improving efficiency and productivity while relieving congestion on Sydney’s roads. Additional capacity for 500,000 containers will become available at a later stage when the interstate freight terminal commences operation.

The project will boost productivity and improve transport links in Australia’s biggest city. It will enable freight travelling through Sydney to and from Port Botany to use rail instead of the road network, providing cheaper and more efficient freight and relief for commuters stuck in traffic. The project will also provide a jobs boost for south western Sydney.

The interstate terminal will take pressure off rural and regional roads and build on the Australian Government’s $4.8 billion investment in the interstate rail network. Together these investments help make rail freight a real competitor to road freight and benefit everyone in the national supply chain who needs to move goods.

The Australian Government will fund the relocation of the Moorebank Defence Units to make available a 220 hectare site for the project – to provide for the intermodal terminal facilities required now and into the future.

A Government Business Enterprise will also be established to launch the project and optimise private sector involvement. The private sector will design, build and operate the site as an intermodal terminal. Private sector partners will be selected through competitive tender processes.
The total benefits of the project have been estimated at $10 billion. These include:
  • Taking 3300 trucks off Sydney’s roads every day from 2020, relieving widespread traffic congestion associated with freight movements to and from Port Botany.
  • Faster freight transport and reduced costs to business.
  • Reduced fuel use and diesel emissions.
  • 1650 full time jobs during construction of the port shuttle terminal and a further 975 jobs during construction of the interstate terminal, with 1700 ongoing jobs in the region once the facility and associated warehouses are open.
This investment demonstrates the Australian Government‘s determination to invest in strategic infrastructure. Projects like Moorebank link Australia’s freight networks and our ports, drive productivity, improve our logistics industries, and create long term efficiencies that will benefit our cities and our economy into the future.
Further details of the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal project can be found on the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Project website.