The Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese must ensure the noise, environmental and health impacts of the proposed $1.6 billion freight terminal at Moorebank on residents are minimised when planning the project, with genuine consultative mechanisms established to address local community concerns, says Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon.
The government is due to announce tender plans for the project today.
"Western Sydney has again become a dumping ground to address Sydney's transport woes. The Federal government must prioritise genuine consultation with residents to ensure the project's negative impacts are reduced," Senator Rhiannon said.
"The social, health and environmental impacts of the development are considerable.
"Residents can expect elevated traffic congestion on local streets, a rise in noise and air pollution from increased truck movements, light pollution from the new facility and risks to the Georges River from spills.
"Other issues to be managed include the loss of local jobs with the Defence Department moving out and how to maximise employment opportunities from the development in an area struggling with high unemployment.
"The government must pay more than lip service to residents' concerns.
"Liverpool City Council's 'no terminal' position should not jeopardise locals having a seat at the table when the ins and outs of this colossal development are determined.
"The Greens position has long been that the burden that Sydney's South West will now bear from this quick fix plan could be shared, with more strategic use of Port Kembla and Newcastle ports.
"But now the decision to push ahead with Moorebank has been made residents, not private sector tenderers, should be given first place in the line to talk meaningfully with the Federal government about how to minimise the impacts," Senator Rhiannon said.