Doubts persist about terminal plan

EFFORTS by the federal government to glorify the economic benefits of the proposed freight terminal in Moorebank have angered federal MP for Hughes, Craig Kelly.

Last Wednesday's Chamber of Commerce meeting offered local business people an exclusive preview into the $10 billion investment for state infrastructure.

Chamber members heard that the project will generate some 2625 jobs during the construction phase, and a further 1700 long-term jobs in Sydney's south-west.

Project manager for the federal proposal, Robin Renwick, said now was the time for Liverpool's business community to consider how their businesses could capitalise on the economic benefits the development was expected to bring.

"In addition to construction jobs, our modelling suggests that during the construction period, 274 jobs will be created in the accommodation, cafe and restaurant sectors alone," he said

"Critically, the freight terminal will generate ongoing economic activity in the Liverpool area which will translate into jobs and opportunities for the community.

"Other benefits can be expected to accumulate, particularly if workers are sourced locally and spend some of their wages in the region."

Although the environmental assessment plan has not yet been released, Mr Renwick said the project was proceeding to plan.

Mr Kelly said he was not convinced that the government was operating with full transparency.

Last Wednesday, Mr Kelly hosted a community forum at the Moorebank Sports Club to offer residents a platform to air their concerns.

He said the major concerns raised by the community related to the feeling that they had been misled by the those in charge of the project.

"The community showed an eagerness to access information and have their voices heard in the decision-making process," he said.

"Another concern raised was that the federal government was using SIMTA's environmental assessment as a template for their own project.

"In reference to traffic studies, there is a concern the federal government is using the outcome of SIMTA's flawed study to argue the case of theirs, and at this stage they appear to be basing their study on the same flawed boundaries of the SIMTA model.

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