The people of NSW rely on imported containers, delivered to ports, to supply the items they use every day, such as electronic goods, furniture, white goods, and food.
Port Botany is NSW’s only container port. Most of Port Botany’s trade caters for Sydney’s consumers and businesses, with 80 per cent of import containers delivered within a 40 kilometre radius of Port Botany.
The NSW Long Term Transport Masterplan shows that the volume of freight moved onto the NSW transport network is expected to almost treble in the coming decades. Network capacity and performance must develop ahead of this demand. The existing intermodal terminals which service Port Botany do not have sufficient capacity to meet the forecast freight task.
Moving more freight by rail, rather than by road, is a key part of both the Commonwealth and NSW transport strategies. The Moorebank intermodal freight precinct will enable containers moving between Port Botany and south-west Sydney to undertake much of their journey by rail, enabling increased capacity and efficiency for Port Botany.
The Terminal will process and unpack containers arriving at Port Botany and either warehouse on-site or distribute directly to businesses. Container freight destined for other States will be transferred onto trains at the adjacent interstate rail terminal without leaving the Moorebank precinct.
Sydney Intermodal Terminal Alliance (SIMTA) is owned by Logos Property, following a December 2021 sale by the project’s original developer, Qube Holdings.
SIMTA is the responsible body for developing and operating the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Precinct across both the Commonwealth and SIMTA-owned land at Moorebank. This was made official in June 2015 when an agreement was reached between the Commonwealth Government and SIMTA.
The Moorebank Intermodal Terminal is a much-needed piece of infrastructure that will help service the community’s growing demand for freight in south-west Sydney. It will:
- Create 6,800 jobs across both the construction and operational phases.
- Reduce the number of trucks on Sydney’s roads related to Port Botany by more than 2,700 vehicle journeys per day.
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 110,000 tonnes of CO2 per year – equivalent to taking more than 25,000 cars off theroads.
- Create around $9 billion in economic benefits over 30 years, including $120 million a year for the economy of south-western Sydney, through the improvements to productivity as well as reduced business costs, reduced road congestion and better environmental outcomes.