Council rejects mail campaign

LIVERPOOL Council rejected conducting a $25,000 letterbox drop to publicise its opposition to a freight terminal proposed for Moorebank.

The council recently debated the plan, which was formulated by the No Intermodal Committee and decided to call on officers to report back to the council on approaching the Moorebank Intermodal Company for compensation for potential problems the terminal may cause the community.

At its last meeting the committee discussed mailing postcards to residents of suburbs surrounding the freight terminal site and asking them to send them on to federal Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss.

The committee minutes said the postcards would "reaffirm the community opposition to the intermodal project" and would explain the effect the freight terminal would have on the area.

Council officers recommended that the council approved $25,000 from the Intermodal Fighting Fund be put into a postcard campaign but the majority of councillors did not support the motion.

Councillor Anne Stanley said she was concerned that postcards were not the best way to get the message across and she was concerned at how much the council was spending opposing the project when it was not clear what it would consist of.

"We need to focus on making sure we are part of the planning process, not just fighting against it," Cr Stanley said.

"Because I think we've already lost this battle, it looks like the terminal will go ahead no matter what."

Cr Tony Hadchiti said it was important to keep raising awareness of the freight terminal.

"I met someone from Wattle Grove [a neighbouring suburb] and they hadn't even heard about it, " Cr Hadchiti said.

"But maybe there are better ways of spending that money. We could use it to fund a radio advertising campaign, for example."

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