The Moorebank Logistics Park (MLP) has officially begun construction, including a container handling facility and a dedicated rail link to Port Botany, funded by a $570 million boost from the Federal Government.
Federal Minister of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King, said, “The progress being made at Moorebank demonstrates our government’s commitment to supporting a more efficient, resilient and integrated transport and logistics supply chain, which is vital for many Australian businesses and the national economy.
“This project will significantly enhance the resilience of Australia’s supply chain, while providing thousands of local jobs and reducing transport emissions.
“It will also support more competitive freight costs, reduce traffic congestion, increase road safety and deliver better environmental outcomes.
“This is yet another example of our government’s commitment to delivering the world-class infrastructure that will form the backbone of Australia’s future economy.”
The project is expected to support over 1,300 jobs during construction and 6,800 ongoing jobs once operating at full capacity.
With the capacity to service 1,800m long interstate trains, each moving approximately 1,500t of consumer goods, the terminal will become a major interchange point for freight along the east coast.
This will replace over 100 B-double trucks per train trip, reducing congestion on Australian roads while facilitating the expected increase in future freight volumes.
With a site area of over 240h – equivalent in size to the Sydney CBD – the entire MLP will include:
- The already operational dedicated rail link to Port Botany
- The now underway interstate terminal, which will link Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
- Over 850,000m2 of state-of-the-art warehousing
- Links to key roads, including the M5 and M7
Federal Minister of Finance, Katy Gallagher, said, “Faster and more reliable freight transport services will be beneficial to the Australian economy.”
“It not only provides savings for businesses, but it will also lower prices for Australian families, helping alleviate cost of living pressures.”
The MLP will complement the progressive freight enhancements in the national network such as the additional capability brought online through Inland Rail, as well as terminals for Melbourne and Brisbane.
With works on the container handling facilities commencing, the interstate terminal remains on schedule and will be operational early 2024.For more information on the Moorebank Interstate Terminal, visit www.micl.com.au/interstate-terminal