Container hub plans opposed

A GROUP formed to protect the Georges River has announced it officially opposes plans to build a giant container terminal on its shore.

The Georges River Combined Committee of Councils recently voiced their opposition to the federal government and Sydney Intermodal Terminal Alliance plans to build two freight yards on former military land and a nearby privately owned block in Moorebank due to environmental concerns.

Liverpool councillor Peter Ristevski, the treasurer of the committee which comprises nine councils along the river from Wollondilly to Rockdale, said members were concerned about the environmental impact of the scheme.

‘‘These projects will jeopardise the years of investment that has been put into cleaning and monitoring the river,’’ he said.

‘‘Freight terminals that close to the water would obviously create pollution in the waterway with run-off spilling into the river. We’re trying to establish Liverpool as a river city and freight would be a major slap in the face for that plan.’’

The federal government’s Moorebank Intermodal Company, a corporation owned by the government, recently held several information sessions for the community after conducting technical assessments of potential impacts of the terminal.

At its last meeting Liverpool Council voted for a representative from the Georges River committee to be included on its No Intermodal Committee.

A report tabled to the council said representatives of the Moorebank company had told council staff the federal government intended to compulsorily acquire three parcels of council land which would have a ‘‘significant adverse impact on the Georges River corridor, public amenity and the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre’’.

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