THE federal body tasked with planning a freight terminal at Moorebank has started negotiating with a private consortium planning a similar facility across the road.
Ian Hunt, the chief executive of the Moorebank Intermodal Company, said the negotiations with the Sydney Intermodal Terminal Alliance would explore the opportunity to enhance the freight precinct by combining the "government land allocated for the terminal with adjacent land owned by SIMTA".
"Combining the two sites could provide more space for onsite warehousing and other related facilities and create opportunities to optimise the layout of the site," Mr Hunt said.
"If the MIC can reach suitable terms for the development and operation of the terminal with SIMTA, there will be one terminal developed."
He said it would handle the same volume of containers which was proposed for the federally-owned terminal site: 1.1 million to 1.2 million 20-foot containers of import-export freight and 0.5 million containers of interstate freight each year at full capacity.
Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun said the announcement that the MIC would start negotiating with SIMTA was deeply concerning because the latter had not consulted with the community.
Cr Mannoun said SIMTA must acknowledge the significant negative effects the terminal would have on traffic, the environment and the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
"The freight terminal will destroy our vision for the Casula Parklands because of diesel pollution and it will cause traffic in our region to significantly worsen with an estimated 11,000 additional truck movements per day."
Mr Hunt said the MIC was aware of the community's concerns and the Moorebank terminal's environmental impact statement, which currently seeks concept approval, would detail a range of possible mitigation measures to reduce the terminal's impact.
The council's anti-terminal petition: liverpool.nsw.gov.au /fairgo.
Fears of diesel emissions, more trucks and noise
Deadly diesel fumes, noise and traffic congestion are some of the repercussions residents fear from a freight terminal planned for Moorebank.
John Anderson, of Wattle Grove, a residential suburb next to the terminal, said many locals continued to oppose the proposed container processing facility.
"Traffic in this area and particularly at the Moorebank interchange is already gridlocked and if we add all of these trucks it'll be a nightmare," he said.
"And they need to consider the harmful effects the diesel emissions will have on people here. They're known to cause cancer.
"This project will be a huge disruption for neighbouring suburbs, mostly residential."
Moorebank Intermodal Company chief executive Ian Hunt said the organisation is investigating ways of "minimising the terminal's impact on traffic in the area".
He said the organisation had done a Human Health Risk Assessment.