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SSC Newspaper : October 2013
Strathfield Scene 13 www.ourstrathfield.com.au LIFE ENFIELD FACT FILE What is it: A key freight transport link for Sydney and the west, and part of a network of existing and planned intermodal terminal facilities. It comprises a 13-hectare terminal, nine hectares of container storage and 52,500 square metres of warehousing. What does it do: When fully operational, 300 ,000 “twenty-foot equivalent units of cargo” will arrive direct from Port Botany each year, to be split among trucks and vans and sent to outlets in western Sydney and the CBD. The facility will help ease traffic emanating from Port Botany. What’s the problem: It is in a residential area; residents say they were promised a 10-hectare park, which was later reduced to 5 hectares and eventually zoned out of the plan. They say trains and trucks will pollute the air and the noise and traffic will affect their amenity. What happens next: NSW Ports says it will consider a rezoning application to give residents their community land, but warns the land is polluted and they may not consider it until the facility is built. Strathfield Council has called for a review of the zoning legality. ABOUT THE ISSUES OF HEALTH” for anyone to convince them otherwise.” Mr Casuscelli, a transport expert and chair of one of the state’s infrastructure committees, shares the concern. He has sent a letter to fellow Liberal, Planning Minister Brad Hazzard, urging him to work with Strathfield Council and NSW Ports to rezone the southern section of the site for public recreation. After talks with NSW Ports, Mr Casuscelli is confused as to why the operator would want to keep the land. Sitting on the promised community land is a heritage-listed tarpaulin shed. It costs NSW Ports $150,000 a year to maintain it without use and would cost $1 million to transform the building for a use. “I asked them if it’s part of their business model to use it and they said no. Their business model does not rely on the zoning of the land so it doesn’t make sense for them to be fighting this,” he told the Scene. Mr Casuscelli is also concerned about the handling of the March zoning which, he points out in his letter to Mr Hazzard, “conflicts with the [Planning] Department’s own approach and policies which the Department applied to other zoning changes in the Strathfield LEP 2012.” Mrs Maddocks said a barrier to action is that there is no clear figure to which locals can target their campaign. “This area is a centre of political division; there never really is one person who has charge of it,” she said. But with this new momentum, residents may see just see the change they’re after. • Containers will be moved on and off trains and trucks using two 920m rail sidings – which sit next to a through line • The 13-hectare intermodal terminal is on the right of the rails. This is where a total of 300,000 containers can be moved in and out of the site per year • Five warehouses close to 52,500 square metres will be built on the right of the site where one third of the import containers will be unpacked for delivery and one sixth of the containers packed for export • There are noise walls along the Roberts Road and Cosgrove Road borders Green and golden bell frog ponds and foraging area Tarpaulin shed, which is heritage-listed The area residents claim was promised as community land THE DISPUTED LAND