New South Wales
I object to the subdivision of the MPW site into nine allotments as the proposal does not comply with the Liverpool LEP minimum plot size, and there is no reason that an exception should be made for this project that would not also apply to other commercial projects. The proposal should be declined.
The issue of traffic: the proposal should not be determined until any litigation in respect to traffic has been resolved. Given that the Moorebank facility is considered to be "the best location for an intermodal freight facility to service the industrial areas of South West Sydney," it should be made a condition that no trucks are to return from the Intermodal location to Sydney City, using the M5, Hume Highway, or any other road routes. There is also no provision apparently made for checking of roadworthiness or loads from the thousands of trucks that will move out from the subdivided MPW land. There should be a heavy vehicle inspection condition applied.
Traffic levels at Liverpool and the surrounding South West Sydney are already at or very close to capacity. The approval of this proposal is likely to create a traffic crisis in the Liverpool area, impacting on residents and commercial interests, as well as essential services. The very major traffic impacts of the Moorebank Intermodal project have been the subject of a number of reports given to consent authorities. These reports are publicly available.
The fill level proposed for the MPW site is excessive and will affect the downstream flooding profile, and will also create increased light spill to sensitive receivers.
Koala habitat and flying fox habitat will be removed, an action that is made more inappropriate given the loss of habitat during the bushfires. The proponents should undertake more studies and make more provision for maintenance of wildlife habitat on the site. It is unnecessary and inappropriate to cover such a massive site with fill and concrete.
The proposal states that rail construction and operation impacts are not relevant to this proposal, but in my opinion noise generated by the curved rail link is relevant to the proposal, which is to subdivide the land for warehousing. The warehouses may store some freight coming in from the South, on the curved spur line, and this may generate as yet unquantified noise in operation. The outstanding and unresolved issue of potentially excessive wheel squeal generated by the access curved spur lines therefore remains a matter of serious concern to me. I believe the issue of wheel squeal should be taken into account, and the subdivision proposal approval deferred until such time as the issue has been further examined and assessed.