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Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian McKee

ST MARYS could re­ceive a mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar in­ter­modal freight ter­mi­nal next year if plans are ap­proved by the State Gov­ern­ment. Aus­tralia’s largest rail and ports com­pany, As­ciano, an­nounced the $100 mil­lion ter­mi­nal would cre­ate dozens of jobs.

The ter­mi­nal would link Syd­ney’s freight net­work via a rail line which is pro­posed to run from the sec­ond Syd­ney air­port, at Badgerys Creek, through St Marys and then join the North West Rail Link.

The pro­posed site stretches more than 43ha along For­rester Rd, Christie St and the cur­rent rail line in St Marys. A spokesman for As­ciano re­vealed the St Marys site would out­put more than 301,000 ship­ping con­tain­ers an­nu­ally, re­liev­ing pres­sure on Syd­ney’s roads.

The pro­ject is the big­gest of a three-part plan for a “con­stel­la­tion hub” through­out Western Syd­ney, re­mov­ing more than 90,000 truck jour­neys a year from Syd­ney’s roads.

Cur­rent fa­cil­i­ties in Chul­lora will be up­graded, the ter­mi­nal in St Marys de­vel­oped and an ad­di­tional ter­mi­nal de­vel­oped in Parkes in the state’s west as part of the com­pany’s ex­pan­sion.

A PRO­POSED $100 mil­lion in­ter­modal freight ter­mi­nal could bring dozens of jobs to the re­gion.

Aus­tralia’s largest rail and ports com­pany, As­ciano, has re­vealed plans to de­velop an in­land ship­ping con­tainer ter­mi­nal in St Marys, which will out­put 301,000 ship­ping con­tain­ers an­nu­ally.

The ter­mi­nal would link Syd­ney’s freight net­work via a rail line, which is pro­posed to run from the sec­ond Syd­ney air­port, at Badgerys Creek, through St Marys, and join the North West Rail Link.

The pro­posed site stretches 43ha along For­rester Rd and the rail line in St Marys.

As­ciano chief ex­ec­u­tive John Mullen said: “We an­nounce the de­vel­op­ment of a new in­ter­modal ter­mi­nal at St Marys in Syd­ney’s west. This ter­mi­nal will be lo­cated in close prox­im­ity to the ma­jor dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tres in Eastern Creek, and sur­round­ing sub­urbs, where a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of im­port freight ar­riv­ing at Port Botany cur­rently ends up.”

The pro­ject is the big­gest of a three-part plan to de­velop a range of in­ter­modal fa­cil­i­ties through­out Western Syd­ney, keep­ing more than 90,000 truck jour­neys a year off Syd­ney’s roads.

The plan will see an up­grade of the com­pany’s cur­rent fa­cil­i­ties in Chul­lora, the de­vel­op­ment of the ter­mi­nal in St Marys, and the de­vel­op­ment of an ad­di­tional ter­mi­nal in Parkes, in the state’s west.

A de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for the site has been lodged with the State Gov­ern­ment’s plan­ning depart­ment.

An As­ciano spokesman said, if ap­proved, ter­mi­nal con­struc­tion was ex­pected to start early next year.

“We have re­cently sub­mit­ted a pre­lim­i­nary en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment and, pend­ing ap­proval, we ex­pect con­struc­tion to com­mence in 2016,” he said.

“We ex­pect the pro­ject to cre­ate dozens of lo­cal jobs dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase and when in op­er­a­tion over the com­ing years.”

The St Marys pro­posal comes af­ter NSW Plan­ning Min­is­ter Rob Stokes an­nounced on Mon­day that a Western Syd­ney Pri­or­ity Growth Area would be cre­ated to fast-track jobs, homes and in­fra­struc­ture in the area.

“This is an ex­cit­ing step for­ward in the fu­ture plan­ning of Western Syd­ney,” Mr Stokes said.

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