The Moorebank Logistics Park has officially launched at the heart of New South Wales’ freight network.
“Given the Federal Budget’s significant investment in freight infrastructure and the continuing development of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy, it’s an auspicious moment to mark the establishment of what will become the nation’s largest intermodal freight precinct,” said Michael Kilgariff, Australian Logistics Council (ALC)Managing Director.
“This nationally-significant project, which was included on Infrastructure Australia’s Infrastructure Priority List, and according to government figures, is expected to create some 6,800 jobs and deliver $11 billion in economic benefits over the next three decades. The strategic location of this site, at the very heart of NSW’s freight network, is second to none.
“The solution to meeting our growing freight task, reducing road congestion and improving community amenity lies in establishing more efficient road and rail connections from ports to intermodal facilities.
“The Moorebank facility is central to achieving this around Sydney’s heavily-congested M5 corridor. At the same time, its ability to transport 1.5 million TEU each year from Port Botany by rail will support the NSW Government’s goal of boosting rail freight to and from that port from its current 18 per cent to around 30 per cent. Likewise, it accords with NSW Ports’ objective of moving 3 million TEU by rail by 2045.”
Mr Kilgariff said, “ALC has long argued that building a reliable, national network of intermodal facilities is central to boosting rail’s contribution the national freight task. Moorebank will complement other intermodal facilities throughout NSW, including Aurizon’s operations at NSW Ports’ Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre, and Pacific National’s facility at Chullora.”
“Establishing a national network of intermodal facilities is even more imperative following last night’s Budget, which provides $8.4 billion to finally construct the Inland Rail project.”
“Both Moorebank Intermodal Company and Qube Holdings deserve enormous credit for their intensive efforts bringing Moorebank to fruition. The success of this intermodal facility is set to deliver transformational improvements to supply chain efficiency,” Mr Kilgariff said.