Freight firms defend consultation

THE Sydney Intermodal Terminal Alliance [SIMTA] has rejected criticism from Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun that it had not consulted with residents about a planned freight terminal in Moorebank.

The federal government-run Moorebank Intermodal Company announced last week it had entered into negotiations with SIMTA about how the terminal would be operated.

SIMTA is a joint venture between Qube Holdings and Aurizon. It operates a number of freight terminals.

Cr Mannoun said SIMTA had not made any effort to speak with Liverpool Council about its concerns over the plans.

He also called on the alliance to listen to the fears of local residents.

A SIMTA spokesman said the group had carried out community consultation over several years and throughout planning of its frieght terminal.

It would continue to speak with the community as the project progresses, he said.

"Previous consultation included numerous community drop-in sessions at SIMTA's Community Information centre newsletters to the local community, face-to-face meetings and correspondence with individual community members and the opportunity to ask questions via email and the project information line," the spokesman said.

He said alliance representatives had met with Liverpool Council officials.

Cr Mannoun said SIMTA "must acknowledge the significant negative effects the terminal will have on traffic, the local environment and the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre".

"I call upon them to open the channels of communication and sit down with the council to discuss how we can manage the impacts of this now mega intermodal should it proceed, which seems likely," he said.

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