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Moorebank intermodal fight hots up

Liverpool City Council continues its strong opposition to the Moorebank mega-freight terminals with the launch of a new radio and online campaign which highlights the impacts of the development.

Liverpool City Mayor Ned Mannoun said the increased traffic will significantly affect the lifestyle of local residents, and commuters on major roads.

Each day the intermodal terminals will increase local traffic by up to 10,000 truck movements and 10,000 light vehicles.

“That’s another truck every eight seconds,” Mayor Mannoun said.

“If you think it’s bad now on the M5, Hume Highway, Moorebank Avenue, or anywhere near the South West, it’s going to get a whole lot worse.

“We want to make sure residents and commuters have every opportunity to understand the scale of this development and have their views heard.”

Council has set up a discussion on its online forum Liverpool Listens. The site includes facts on the proposed developments and will keep residents informed of ways they can participate. Another major opportunity for community input is the Planning and Assessment Commission public meeting on the proposed intermodal scheduled for July 31 at Wattle Grove community centre.

 

“I urge residents and the wider community to view the plans, join the online forum and go to the public meeting to have your say,” Mayor Mannoun said.

 

“However, while we vigorously oppose the plans, we can’t ignore the possibility that the terminals may go ahead,” the mayor said.

“We must fight the plans, but at the same time advocate on behalf of the community for what should be done about the ongoing negative impacts for Liverpool.

“Liverpool Listens provides a platform to have this discussion. Tell us what you think should be done for Liverpool if the plans are successful,” Mayor Mannoun said.

Council has consistently opposed the location of the terminals at Moorebank. The site, near an established neighbourhood, will result in a huge increase in traffic and associated noise and air pollution.

The future of the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and the Georges River Parklands are also at risk. A rail link is planned to cross the Parklands and limit access to the Powerhouse. This will mean a significant loss of bushland as well as the City’s most precious community asset.

The advertising campaign will run on radio stations Nova and 2GB for the next four weeks.

For more information about the Assessment Report go to www.pac.nsw.gov.au (Ref D306/14).

 

Go to http://listens.liverpool.nsw.gov.au to find out more.

 

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