INTERMODAL | Land & Environment Court to slap conditions onto development

ABOVE: The Hibbertia fumana rare flower which was found on site. Picture: Qube Holdings TOP RIGHT: RAID's Jennifer French (from left), Belinda Rayment, John Anderson and Erik Rakowski. BOTTOM RIGHT: Intermodal at Moorebank. Picture: Qube Holdings
ABOVE: The Hibbertia fumana rare flower which was found on site. Picture: Qube Holdings TOP RIGHT: RAID's Jennifer French (from left), Belinda Rayment, John Anderson and Erik Rakowski. BOTTOM RIGHT: Intermodal at Moorebank. Picture: Qube Holdings

Conditions are to be placed on the Intermodal development at Moorebank as a result of the recent court action involving the residents action group ResidentsAgainsttheIntermodal, or RAID, on the one hand and the Minister for Planning and developers QubeHoldings on the other.

The court action was in the Land& Environment Court. The project has already been approved by NSW Planners.

“Without this action the community would not have achieved any concessions at all,” said RAID vice-president Jennifer French.

It was our goal to stop the project going ahead and that’s still our goal.

Jennifer French, RAID

Two primary concerns – biodiversity and noise – were the subjects of the conditions sought. The judgement was handed down on Tuesday, with the initial project approval standing, but the specific conditions are yet to be confirmed by the Department of Planning & Environment and are due to be provided within a week of the judgement being handed down.

RAID launched the merits appeal in the Land & Environment Court, represented by the Environmental Defenders Office, in an effort to deal with what it saw as some of the most destructive aspects of the  Intermodal Terminal, the vast industrial complex being built at Moorebank.

“Despite our best efforts as a community group, with excellent legal support from the EDO and financial support from Liverpool Council, the project remains a looming disaster for Liverpool and the wider area,” Ms French said. “It was our goal to stop the project going ahead and that’s still our goal.”

RAID’s action set out to (a) protect a critically endangered ancient plant species, Hibbertia fumana, thought to be extinct for almost 200 years, (b) to raise the problem of excessive industrial noise and (c) to ask the Land & Environment Court to undertake a full reconsideration of the approval of the large industrial shipping-container facility on the Georges River.

The critically endangered plant, thought to be extinct but recently rediscovered in the area of the development, wasn’t considered by the Planning & Assessment Commission when stage 1 of the development was approved in December 2016.

“Massive problems remain. The prospect of tens of thousands of heavy trucks disabling our road network, which is already at capacity, the problems of diesel particulate pollution in our residential area and further impact on the environment, wildlife and the Georges River weigh heavily on residents.

“We urge the Federal and State governments to concede  the Moorebank Intermodal was a mistake and to cut off the river of taxpayers’ money funding it.

“The RAID v Qube case highlights the major flaws in the NSW planning process in dealing with this type of massive infrastructure project. Residents and their precious environmental assets deserve better treatment.”

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