Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Project
The Australian Government is facilitating the delivery of a major intermodal facility in south-west Sydney to provide a rail 'port shuttle' between Port Botany and the Moorebank precinct, a separate terminal for interstate freight and warehousing. Successive Australian and NSW Governments have identified Moorebank as a key strategic location for increased intermodal capacity to serve freight logistics centres in Sydney's south-west. The site is adjacent to the existing dedicated freight railway line, the M5 motorway and close to the M7 motorway.
On 4 June 2015, the then Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Warren Truss MP, and the Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann MP, announced that the Government's Moorebank Intermodal Company (MIC) had signed an agreement with the Sydney Intermodal Terminal Alliance (SIMTA) for the development of an intermodal terminal at Moorebank. MIC and SIMTA jointly announced on 25 January 2017 that they had reached financial close for the construction of the freight terminal and warehousing precinct. The first sod turn, on 6 April 2017, by the Minister for Finance, Senator the Hon Mathias Cormann MP, and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, The Hon Darren Chester MP, formally marked commencement of construction of the ‘Moorebank Logistics Park’.
SIMTA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qube Holdings, will develop and operate under a 99-year lease arrangement the intermodal freight terminal and warehousing across both Commonwealth and SIMTA-owned land at Moorebank, with direct rail access to Port Botany via the Southern Sydney Freight Line. Combining the site into a single development optimises the outcomes and minimises taxpayer exposure to project costs.
SIMTA will provide up to $1.5 billion in private investment for the project. Leveraging that significant private sector investment means the Commonwealth's commitment, through MIC, will be limited to up to $370 million.
The Government recognises the private sector is best placed to design, construct and operate the intermodal terminal. MIC is charged with ensuring that the terminal satisfies interstate, regional and import-export containerised freight needs, and is an open access facility that promotes competition, with the import-export terminal to be operational in late 2018, and the interstate terminal in 2020.
The Moorebank Logistics Park will operate as an open access facility with capacity for up to 1.05 million import-export and 500,000 interstate freight containers a year by around 2030, and alleviate road congestion by reducing the total distance travelled by import-export trucks in Sydney by over 60,000 kilometres each day. Over 1,300 jobs will be created during the construction phase, with approximately 6,800 jobs on site directly from intermodal activities and off-site in related industries and surrounding businesses in south-west Sydney once the intermodal terminal precinct is fully developed. The total economic benefits of the project have been estimated at over $11 billion.
The terminal will boost productivity and improve transport links in Australia's biggest city enabling import-export freight travelling through Sydney to and from Port Botany to be transported on rail instead of the road network, providing cheaper and more efficient freight transportation. The interstate terminal will take pressure off rural and regional roads and enhance the freight rail network, to help make rail freight a real competitor to road freight and benefit everyone in the national supply chain that needs to transport goods.
Projects like the Moorebank Logistics Park 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 can be found on the Moorebank Intermodal Company website.