Key assumptions require deeper scrutiny.
Artists Impression of the Federal Governments’ Proposed Moorebank Intermodal
At Moorebank in South Western Sydney, two massive intermodal terminals are being planned. One proponent is a private consortium and one is the federal government. Together these two developments could generate more traffic than travels daily over Sydney Harbour Bridge.
They are tragically ill-suited to the location, yet somehow the fundamental assumption that this is a suitable location for intermodals has never been properly interrogated. Thousands of pages of consultants’ reports have been written and billions of dollars have been spent without ever querying whether it is a rational decision.
This book seeks to redress that deficiency. It is the product of extensive research and took over a year to research and write. Each page explains a different facet of the proposals. It is simply written and easy to read, but delivers hard-hitting information.
It is shown that this major infrastructure is being delivered on flawed assumptions.
The sources for most of the figures in this publication are current government studies, plans, and statistical data. References are given throughout.
Additional calculations and modelling, where required, were conducted using international industry standard softwares and methods.
The book shows:
That not one, but two intermodals are proposed for Moorebank. One proponent is a private consortium and the other is the Federal Government. Together they could potentially produce more traffic than that which travels daily over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. (Using one truck equals two passenger cars units.)
That traffic flows from the intermodals have been grossly underestimated. We observe that the developer’s figures do not include a massive predicted population growth.
That intermodals in Moorebank could not be functional without extensive city-wide infrastructure investment. Particular challenges of geography and road access are identified. We note that 27% of the traffic from the intermodals will be forced to use the Hume Highway. It will pass through the worst accident black spot in Sydney.
That exaggerated claims of reduced truck movements and economic benefits have been promoted to the public. That economic information has been hidden from the public.
How the traffic implications of intermodals in Moorebank have not been sufficiently studied. This includes the implications of induced traffic, warehousing, rat running and levels of service.
How placing the intermodals in Moorebank may possibly lock Liverpool into low employment density industries, which will make it more difficult to meet the expected jobs shortfall of 150,000.
That jobs from an intermodal and warehousing come with many times more trucks than other kinds of jobs.
How the intemodals may carry a huge cost into the future through increased cancers, asthmas, injury management and other health costs.
That disbenefits to the community do not appear to have been properly studied, and how the community may underwrite a large profit for investors by paying for these costly disbenefits.
How pollution modelling based on the traffic estimates has been grossly underestimated and does not reflect population growth. That diesel exhaust contains 100 to 1000 times more carcinogens than exhaust from petrol. That Liverpool’s pollution readings have exceeded recommended limits for 9 out of the last 10 years.
That the intermodals would impinge on residential areas and impair access to the Liverpool CBD and the recently upgraded hospital.
That placing the intermodals at Moorebank would counteract efforts to improve the health of the Georges River. How there are endangered ecological communities and threatened species on the sites.
That the intermodals would diminish the Casula Powerhouse Art Centre and Georges River Casula Parklands.
That there appear to be more appropriate, more efficient, more economical solutions for an intermodal, including Eastern Creek and Port Kembla and the Maldon-Dombarton rail link.
Two links to popular Anti Moorebank Intermodal Websites.
Link to the “Moorebankterminal“ website for additional information: http://www.moorebankterminal.com/
Link to the “Moorebankintermodal” website: http://www.moorebankintermodal.com
Previous Liverpool City Council No Freight Terminal Community Rally
Link for Liverpool Council website – information regarding rally 1 September at the Casula Powerhouse and petition to sign http://www.liverpool.nsw.gov.au/fairgo
Link to Letter Box Drop Brochure here: DL_Brochure_V6LR
Link to Document submitted to the SIMTA Environmental Impact Statement submitted by Nell van den Bos: Comment on SIMTA EIS
Link to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) : http://simta.com.au/environmental-impact-assessment/