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Moorebank Intermodal – Is this another Bankstown Airport??

 Moorebank Intermodal – Is this another Bankstown Airport??

Given the information flowing around Bankstown, Archerfield and Moorabbin airports, after these were leased, with the proviso that aviation would be the prime use, a series of issues has arisen. These seem to point at the Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio, which has been responsible for the leases and other activities that come from the “leasing” of very valuable land within the confines of the active metropolitan areas, where there is a pent up demand for “vacant” land.

The Senate in particular, has been very active in getting to the bottom of what has been going on, where people, businesses, aircraft and operators have been forced away from individual facilities.

Has there been an undercurrent of misfeasance??

The question arises as to whether there is a similar situation going to arise with the Moorebank proposal, as with Bankstown??

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Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited 

The Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited is part of the Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio, and functions in an executive management capacity.

On 13 December 2012, the Australian Government announced the establishment of the Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited (MIC) and the appointment of the Chair and Directors to its Board. MIC will act as landlord over a parcel of land at Moorebank, south west Sydney, and will facilitate the development of an intermodal freight terminal on the site.
Location: NSW

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Gender Start date End date
Chairperson Kerry Schott Female 13/12/2012 12/12/2015
CEO/Executive Director/Managing Director Ian Hunt Male 25/06/2013 01/01/2016
Director/Non-Executive Director Claire Filson Female 13/12/2012 12/12/2015
Director/Non-Executive Director Vacant
Director/Non-Executive Director Ray Wilson Male 13/12/2012 12/12/2015
Director/Non-Executive Director Stephen Williams Male 13/12/2012 12/12/2015
Director/Non-Executive Director Paul Binsted Male 08/05/2013 07/05/2016
Director/Non-Executive Director Christopher Brown Male 08/05/2013 07/05/2016
Director/Non-Executive Director Zorana Bull Female 08/05/2013 07/05/2016
Director/Non-Executive Director Louise Thurgood Female 08/05/2013 07/05/2016

 

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Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited

Postal Address
Suite 2, Level 27, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Enquiries (02) 8265 5600
EmailAdmin@micl.com.au
Websitehttp://www.finance.gov.au/property/property/moorebank-intermodal-freight-terminal/index.html

The Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited(MIC) is a government business enterprise established under the Corporations Act 2001 and governed by the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (the CAC Act). The Minister for Finance and Deregulation and the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development are shareholder Ministers of MIC on behalf of the Australian Government.

The key roles and responsibilities of the relationship are guided by the Australian Government Business Enterprise Governance and Oversight Guidelines October 2011 (the GBE Guidelines).
The Moorebank Intermodal Company (MIC) was established on 12 December 2012 to facilitate the delivery of the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal in south-western Sydney.

MIC will hold a lease over Commonwealth land at Moorebank and will lead the development and future operation of the intermodal terminal.

MIC’s goal is ‘to create a world class intermodal terminal capable of facilitating a quantum modal shift in the rail transport of containerised freight.’

 Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ian Hunt

Websitehttp://www.finance.gov.au/property/property/moorebank-intermodal-freight-terminal/index.html

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Residents of Moorebank are fearful of traffic and health impacts of an inland intermodal

Residents of Moorebank are fearful of traffic and health impacts of an inland intermodal terminal.

THERE is no business case for a major truck terminal in Moorebank because of two similar projects going ahead in Chullora and Enfield, Member for Hughes Craig Kelly said.

RELATED: Tenders to be called for Intermodal

RELATED: Moorebank intermodal dividing more than the road

Mr Kelly will take his concerns to a public meeting of the State Government’s planning assessment commission in Wattle Grove on Thursday, July 31.

Member for Hughes Criag Kelly will oppose the project at the meeting. 

Member for Hughes Criag Kelly will oppose the project at the meeting. 

It will be the last chance for the community to air its concerns about the 24-hour terminal before the commission makes a decision on the project.

Freight company Asciano confirmedit would invest heavily at Chullora to increase handling capacity to 600,000 containers a year.

Trucks line at Port Botany, causing the kind of traffic which concerns residents at Moore

Trucks line at Port Botany, causing the kind of traffic which concerns residents at Moorebank.

Mr Kelly said the development of Chullora, combined with plans to upgrade at Enfield, undermined the proposal at Moorebank.

“Once those two come online the business case for an intermodal at Moorebank just falls over,” Mr Kelly said.

The partnership behind the project, the Sydney Intermodal Terminal Alliance, is also in negotiations with the commonwealth-owned Moorebank Intermodal Company to take over an adjacent site and combine the two ­facilities.

Containers and trucks line up at Port Botany. .

Containers and trucks line up at Port Botany.
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Senator Eric Abetz will fight his own government to kill the Moorebank freight terminal

Senator Eric Abetz will front Warren Truss in an effort to scuttle the Moorebank terminal

Senator Eric Abetz will front Warren Truss in an effort to scuttle the Moorebank terminal.

SENATOR Eric Abetz has promised to try and dash his own government’s controversial freight terminal proposal at Moorebank.

Senator Abetz said he would personally speak to Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss to convince him to “reconsider” the plan.

He made the sensational pledge at a community meeting in Wattle Grove today, and was met by applause from around 50 residents.

Wattle Grove resident John Anderson turned up with a gas mask to make his point about air

Wattle Grove resident John Anderson turned up with a gas mask to make his point about air quality.

“Now, whether or not I win that fight, we’ll just have to wait and see,” the government’s Senate leader said.

The federally owned Moorebank Intermodal Company is applying to the state government to build a terminal capable of processing 1.5 million containers a year on road and rail from Port Botany and other parts of the country.

MP SAYS INTERMODAL HAS NO BUSINESS CASE AT MOOREBANK

LIVERPOOL COUNCIL PUSHES FOR BADGERYS CREEK INTERMODAL

Residents in Moorebank, Wattle Grove, Chipping Norton and nearby suburbs told Senator Abetz they were terrified of the impacts on air quality and traffic.

“If one of our children got sick or died from this pollution, how on earth would we live with ourselves?” Wattle Grove mother Rebecca Afonso said.

Wattle Grove mother Rebecca Afonso fears for her family’s health.

Wattle Grove mother Rebecca Afonso fears for her family’s health.

Senator Abetz said he was swayed against the project after a morning boat ride down the Georges River with Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun and Hughes MP Craig Kelly.

The council wants the banks of the river preserved for residential development instead of the intermodal.

“Unless some very good arguments are put to me … I will be urging Warren Truss to reconsider this approach,” Senator Abetz said.

“Just because this may have been a good idea 10 or 15 years ago, that does not mean it’s a good idea today.

Residents were detailed in their representations to Senator Abetz.

Residents were detailed in their representations to Senator Abetz.

“Part of being a good government is being open-minded and flexible.”Senator Abetz also agreed to back efforts by Mr Kelly and Cr Mannoun to have the terminal built at the future Badgerys Creek airport instead.

A spokesman for the MIC said they were aware Senator Abetz would convey community concerns back to parliamentary colleagues but the Moorebank project remained a priority.

“The Moorebank Intermodal Terminal is a priority given its strategic location next to existing road and rail infrastructure,” he said.

“However, it will only meet some of Sydney’s future needs … beyond Moorebank, additional intermodal capacity will be needed at other locations across Sydney in the future.

“Western Sydney still needs its own distribution centre.

“The Government has made it very clear that impacts on local residents and businesses are to be minimised.”

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Billion dollar Moorebank freight terminal to go ahead as Qube, Aurizon reach deal with federal government

Date
December 5, 2014

The billion-dollar Moorebank rail freight terminal is set to go ahead. The billion-dollar Moorebank rail freight terminal is set to go ahead. Photo: Kirk Gilmour

Logistics group Qube and rail operator Aurizon will proceed with developing a $1 billion intermodal freight terminal at Moorebank in south western Sydney after the Federal government struck a deal with the companies after months of negotiations.

The deal is a victory forQube, which has fought for years to develop a freight terminal on land it privately owns next to a government site at Moorebank.

Qube and Aurizon have been in exclusive negotiations with the government since May over rights to develop the site after offering to make their own capital investment in the hub, reducing the need for government funding.
There were originally two rival proposals for the Moorebank site.

There were originally two rival proposals for the Moorebank site.

There were originally two rival proposals for the Moorebank site.

Photo: Supplied

The agreement requires final approval by the Commonwealth Government and the boards of Qube and Aurizon before proceeding. Qube’s board will consider the proposal on December 10 and a final decision is expected in early 2015.

The site will include an open access import export freight terminal with a capacity of 1.05 million containers a year, and an interstate freight terminal with a capacity of 500,000 containers a year.

Qube clashed with the previous federal Labor government over its development plans for the site, which was concerned about giving the company control over an important transport terminal.

Relations improved after the government created the Moorebank Intermodal Company in 2012 and appointed former investment banker and public servant Kerry Schott chairman.

Ms Schott signalled last year that she was open to negotiations with the private sector, including the Qube-Aurizon alliance.

Qube has not released details of how it plans to pay for the Moorebank development, but raised $200 million in a private placement in March to fund expansion projects.

The Moorebank Intermodal Company, which is overseeing the development process, has already released an environmental impact statement.

Submissions on the statement may be made to the New South Wales department of planning and environment until December 8 2014.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/billion-dollar-moorebank-freight-terminal-to-go-ahead-as-qube-aurizon-reach-deal-with-federal-government-20141205-120tfo.html#ixzz3SG8d30IE