The project

Moorebank Logistics Park is a nationally significant infrastructure development that will transform the way containerised freight moves through Port Botany and deliver a faster, simpler and more cost-effective service for business and consumers.

Moorebank Logistics Park is being developed on a precinct comprising of land owned by the Commonwealth of Australia and adjacent land owned by Qube Holdings.

The development will comprise:

  • an import-export (IMEX) terminal with a capacity to handle up to 1.05 million TEU (twenty foot equivalent units) a year of international containerised freight;
  • an interstate terminal with a capacity to handle up to 500,000 TEU of interstate and regional freight per year;
  • up to 850,000 sqm of high specification warehousing where containers can be unpacked before delivery of their contents to its final destinations;
  • auxiliary services including retail and service offerings;
  • a rail connection to the Southern Sydney Freight Line (SSFL), which will provide direct access to the facility; and
  • substantial biodiversity offset areas protected from development, including vegetation on the east bank of the Georges River.

Why Moorebank?

The Moorebank site is a unique location for an international terminal.

This is because it is:

  • long enough to handle interstate freight trains, which can be 1.5km to 1.8km long;
  • big enough to handle the number of containers expected - up to 1.05 million TEU a year of import-export freight and another 500,000 TEU a year of interstate freight;
  • next to the Southern Sydney Freight Line, which is a dedicated freight rail line that provides a direct link to the interstate freight network and, together with the Metropolitan Freight Network, a direct link to Port Botany;
  • next to the M5 Motorway, and near the M7 Motorway and Hume Highway - all key freight corridors; and
  • nearby to existing industrial areas, and close to growing freight markets in south-west Sydney and existing major freight markets in western Sydney, which is where most of the containerised freight received at Port Botany is headed.

What will it do?

At full operation, the facility will have the capacity to shuttle over 1 million shipping containers annually between Port Botany and Moorebank by rail instead of road, taking about 3,000 heavy truck movements off Sydney's road network every day.

The interstate terminal will be able to move by rail an additional 500,000 containers to and from interstate and regional centres, removing thousands of existing long haulage truck journeys.

Why is it needed?

NSW Ports forecasts that the volume of freight moving through Port Botany will more than double by 2031, significantly increasing the pressure on the Sydney road network, given the high proportion of containers currently transported by truck rather than train.

Moving more freight by rail, rather than by road, is a key part of both the Commonwealth and NSW transport strategies but the existing intermodal terminals that service Port Botany do not have sufficient capacity to meet the forecast freight task.

In October 2016, Infrastructure Australia added Moorebank Logistics Park to its list of priority infrastructure projects for the nation.

What will it look like?

Key aspects of the design include:

  • import-export (IMEX) terminal located towards the centre of the precinct;
  • interstate terminal located towards the centre of the precinct;
  • warehousing facilities surrounding the terminal facilities;
  • connection to the Southern Sydney Freight Line (SSFL) via a new bridge over the Georges River;
  • vehicle access to and from the M5 Motorway via a new intersection at Moorebank Avenue / Anzac Road;
  • retention and enhancement of riverside vegetation; and
  • a piped stormwater network and detention basins to treat runoff before its discharge to the Georges River.

This site layout features a possible future re-alignment of Moorebank Avenue to the northern and eastern boundaries of the precinct. Any future proposal to realign Moorebank Avenue, as the facility grows, would require a separate planning approval. The road would remain open for public use.

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