In 2014, Moorebank Intermodal Company (MIC) engaged Straight Talk and the newDemocracy Foundation to form a citizens’ jury to decide the best way to spend $1 million allocated to develop programs that will benefit people living within a 10 km radius of the Moorebank Logistics Park (the terminal).
newDemocracy – an independent, non-partisan research foundation – oversaw the 19-member jury, which was selected randomly from suburbs near the terminal. Half the jury members were selected from suburbs within a 5 km radius of the terminal and the other half from within 10 km.
Members of the community were invited to make submissions to the citizens’ jury on projects that would benefit the most affected communities.
The citizens’ jury met five times in late 2014 to review the community submissions and call on technical specialists to assist with understanding the benefits and the impacts of the terminal.
The final outcomes chosen by the citizens’ jury focused on education, health and local employment:
Social enterprise organisation
The establishment of a social enterprise which would generate income to be used towards future programs, activities and scholarships to benefit the local community. The social enterprise would comprise:
- a coffee van initially – the coffee van would be located at the terminal site during construction and, subsequently, it would be used in other social enterprise events such as flea markets, an annual festival and a produce market;
- a coffee shop on the terminal site once constructed.
A scholarship program for people living within a 5 km radius of the terminal. Key elements of the recommended program are:
- the scholarships would be for courses at the TAFE NSW;
- the student is required to contribute 50 per cent of the cost of entry level or vocational training, or 25 per cent of the cost of courses such as diplomas or trade certificates;
- there is a limit of one scholarship per household; and
- there is no limit to the type of training but the scholarships would target the business needs of the local community each year and there would be some link between training provided and the jobs at the terminal.
Healthy living package
A healthy lifestyle package comprising:
- four exercise stations, at agreed sites preferably linked by an existing walking track. The exercise stations would be the type without moving parts; and
- a healthy lifestyle training program that provides lifestyle education for preventative and long term health benefits. For example, the program might include cooking demonstrations, courses on nutrition and food safety, backyard gardens, assistance for people wanting to quit smoking or to incorporate exercise in everyday life, such as through yoga or using the new exercise stations.
In July 2017, the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Benefits Package Steering Committee (the committee) was established to provide community and stakeholder input into the implementation of the citizens’ jury recommendations.
The committee includes representatives from:
- the citizens’ jury (four members);
- Liverpool City Council;
- SIMTA; and
The committee will meet every two months: in July 2017, September 2017, November 2017, March 2018, April 2018 and June 2018.
Meeting notes of the July meeting held on Wednesday 19 July 2017.
Meeting notes from the September meeting held on Wednesday 20 September 2017.
Meeting notes from the November meeting held on Wednesday 15 November 2017.
Terms of Reference
The Terms of Reference establishes the roles and functions of the steering committee, both collectively and individually.
Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct outlines the agreed expected behaviour of members of the steering committee.