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SSC Newspaper : November 2013
4 Strathfield Scene NOVEMBER 2013 NEWS Charles Casusc elli RFD MP Member for Strathfield If you aren’t able to make it on the day, please feel free to visit me at my Office: Shop 1, 54 Burwood Road, Burwood NSW 2134 | Phone: (02) 9747 1711 Fax: (02) 9747 6054 | Email: email@example.com | Web: charlescasuscelli.com.au | Facebook: facebook.com/CharlesCasuscelliMP Authorised by Charles Casuscelli RFD MP. This advertisement was produced using parliamentary entitlements. ADVERTISEMENT ComeandMeet Ilookforwardtomeetingyouatoneofthefollowinglocalplaces: 1. Saturday 9th of November at the front of Burwood Plaza on Burwood Road between 10.00am-12.00pm 2. Saturday 23rd of November at Croydon shops between 10.00am-12.00pm MOUNT ENFIELD ‘NOT TOXIC’ Adem Long stands in front of Mount Enfield, and laughs off claims that it is so polluted it can’t even support a blade of glass. If it wasn’t under the jurisdiction of the land’s new tenants, the NSW Ports logistics and corporate affairs manager would be happy to pose on top of the mound. Sadly, it would take too long to get permission. This is the public face of the owners of the Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre — 11 of the country’s biggest super funds and the government of Dubai who together paid more than $5 billion for Port Botany, Enfield and another centre further west. It represents the future of heavy goods transport: trains bring in cargo, and the goods then either continue to Western Sydney by rail or get broken into smaller loads and placed on trucks and vans. It will eventually be handling hundreds of trucks a day and up to 300,000 containers a year — although it will take time to reach that capacity. Residents — and Strathfield Council — want NSW Ports to make good on what they claim was a promise of recreational space. NSW Ports denies the pledge, although it accepts there might have been misunderstandings. In a statement, NSW Ports issued a message to residents: “The ILC Centre is expected to improve the amenity of the overall area by boosting local business. “Residents will notice little change as the facility will be effectively screened from view behind local industrial businesses and a re- vegitated Mount Enfield. “Residents can be assured that all impacted material discovered on the site has been effectively capped and the appropriate management mechanisms are in place to ensure compliance to the conditions of planning approval issued by the NSW Government.” By Peter Lynch The future of Mount Enfield remained a mystery this weekend — as does the stance of NSW Ports towards attempts to rezone a block of land for residents’ recreation. Strathfield Council is set to apply for a change in zoning on a 5ha area. But NSW Ports, which owns the facility, refused to say if it would block the move. It halted a similar zoning bid two years ago, when the land was classified recreational in the council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP). But at least it didn’t rule out support. It told the Scene in written answers: “As agreed to in our last meeting with council and the local MP (Charles Casuscelli), NSW Ports is happy to continue discussions on the area.” Residents have been campaigning for years to win recreation space as compensation for the traffic, air pollution and noise they claim the project will produce. They say they had been told the area is too contaminated, and can only be used as a habitat for the green and golden bell frog — even though there are none living on the site. In a bid to demonstrate it now wants to win over the local community, NSW Ports invited the Scene to tour the complex. It answered a series of questions in writing. It maintained Mount Enfield is not now toxic. Mount Enfield was tested in 1999 and found to meet the standards for “parks, recreational open space, playing fields including secondary schools”. The NSW Ports statement goes on: “Analytical results from this stockpile were below NEHF (E) open space criteria, and therefore considered suitable to remain on site, vegetated and subject to controlled access.” A drive around the facility quickly shows the enormity of the complex. In the coming months, its vast concrete platform will be filled with warehouses and containers, offloaded from trains running on nearby sidings and onto trucks and vans. NSW Ports points out the economic opportunities this brings. “Local businesses will also benefit during ILC operations with outlets such as restaurants, food, automotive businesses, pubs and clubs all enjoying more patronage from staff of the ILC and surrounding businesses as a result of the creation of the predicted 500 direct jobs and 350 indirect jobs.” It maintains it has already contributed $1 million to Strathfield and Bankstown councils. Strathfield Council has called for monitoring once the centre is up and running, because of concerns over pollution, health and noise. Cr Daniel Bott has asked officials to write to Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian, seeking assurances over noise from the rail yards. He claims the State Opposition had arranged noise monitoring and found they exceeded RailCorp’s environmental protection licence. Sydney Ports told the Scene the project “is subject to 103 conditions of approval ... and to ensure ongoing compliance, NSW Ports has initiated a Compliance Tracking Program”. The program will monitor noise and dust, and check that the cap of 300,000 containers a year is not breached. “The Compliance Tracking Program is reviewed annually by an independent environmental auditor, and to date over the three audits there have been no non-compliances,” NSW Ports said. ‘We’ll improve the area’s amenities’ Adem Long of NSW Ports at Mount Enfield. He says it will eventually be covered in grass. ‘NSW Ports is happy to continue discussions on the area’