Greens raise concerns about terminal plan

Concerned: Fairfield-Liverpool Greens spokesman Bill Cashman said the approval of the Moorebank Intermodal will affect residents in Fairfield. Picture: Simon Bennett
Concerned: Fairfield-Liverpool Greens spokesman Bill Cashman said the approval of the Moorebank Intermodal will affect residents in Fairfield. Picture: Simon Bennett

THE Fairfield-Liverpool Greens have voiced concerns about having the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal situated in the heart of a residential area.

Spokesman Bill Cashman told the Champion the Greens were not opposed to the freight hub but they are against its location.

"We have been against the idea of having a intermodal concentrated in areas close to residential living since 2004-2005," he said.

"The M5 motorway will get clogged up with all the extra truck movements carrying freight because they don't have a rail option from Port Botany to the Moorebank facility."

Mr Cashman said he was also against Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun's push to have the intermodal hub situated at Badgerys Creek.

"It's not going to do anything; it's just going to push the problem to a different area," he said.

"It will affect Elizabeth Drive, which will then affect Fairfield residents."

Mr Cashman said he would much prefer to see the intermodal situated outside the Sydney basin.

NSW Greens senator Lee Rhiannon said despite the intermodal hub receiving federal government approval, the Greens will continue to call for a broader rethink on Sydney's freight network.

"The fairer outcome for locals and the more effective way to deliver freight across this city and state is through a network of distributed, rail-connected freight hubs," she said.

"This is a more logical approach than one intermodal in the middle of suburbia."

Ms Rhiannon agreed with Mr Cashman and said Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun's push to shift the freight terminal to Badgerys Creek was not worthy of consideration.

"The mayor knows that simply moving the facility further west won't reduce the truck movements on the M5 and will just shift the problem where it affects even more areas like Fairfield," she said.

"He should drop his not-in-my-backyard approach to freight distribution across Sydney, and support our idea of smaller, distributed facilities servicing the ports of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong by rail."

Last week Ned Mannoun said the council's fight against the intermodal was "a marathon not a sprint".

"We have an engineering and consulting firm putting together our submissions," he said.

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