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The Hon Anthony Albanese MP
Key to the success of our National Land
Freight Strategy is a growing network of transport
intermodals. This government has committed to
11 intermodals either operating today or under
construction around Australia.
In Sydney, we are bringing the Moorebank
Intermodal Terminal online; as important a
project as there could possibly be for Sydney.
It's hard to overestimate the importance to the
Australian economy of the Moorebank freight
transfer hub -- an opportunity talked about for a
long time, but almost lost.
But it will now be delivered and it is in the perfect
position, connected to the port of Sydney but also,
importantly, on the interstate rail freight line and
close to road networks in Sydney.
With Port Botany freight expected to grow at
seven per cent per annum, Moorebank will generate
at least $10 billion in economic bene ts, remove 1.2
million trucks each year from Sydney's congested
roads, and create 1700 direct long-term jobs.
The size of this unique site means that trains up to
1.8 kilometres in length can operate at the terminal.
Moorebank is a perfect example of how the
Federal Government can use its ownership of land to
unlock private sector activity.
The government is seeking experienced people
to form a board for a Government Business
Enterprise that will deliver the intermodal. [GBE has
since been appointed.]
The GBE will oversee remediation of the site and
manage the tender process, but then, importantly, it
will be a private sector company or consortium that
will design, build and operate the new facility.
Moorebank will complement our work
disentangling the freight and passenger lines along
Sydney's northern and southern rail corridors,
including the northern Sydney freight corridor.
It will also complement our big program of
improvements at Port Botany.
These all form a broader investment program to
create a seamless national economy. We need to
carefully and deliberately target the bottlenecks and
the congestion that cost our economy billions of
dollars in lost productivity. It is this same principle
that will guide the second Nation Building Program
to take effect from 2014/15.
This second Nation Building Program, to run until
2018-19, will focus on four central themes.
They are: Innovation, Moving Freight, Connecting
People, and Safety.
Through the Innovation theme, investment will be
in smart infrastructure, planning, research, evaluation
There is much that technology can offer to
eliminate, or at least forestall, the need for more
expensive transport infrastructure spending. For
example, smart infrastructure, such as electronic
signage on our urban highways, has been shown
to improve traffic flows by up to 15 per cent,
helping to curb congestion, and there is nowhere
better to see that operating than on the Monash
Freeway in Melbourne.
Through the Safety theme, the Australian
Government will build upon the national leadership
role in road safety, making signi cant investments
in local roads and black spots. The $500 million we
have already spent during the current Nation Building
Program is removing nearly 1500 black spots, which
in turn is preventing 4000 crashes each year.
Under the Connecting People theme, we will
pursue the productivity of our highways, roads and
rail corridors while directly targeting pinch points
and alleviating urban congestion.
And through the Moving Freight theme, we
will further extend and connect our road and
freight linkages -- particularly at our ports and
State and territory governments recently put
submissions to Infrastructure Australia and my
department for consideration, and these projects are
currently being assessed against the themes outlined.
It is hard to envisage any government having
the nancial capacity to completely meet all of the
It is hard to envisage
having the nancial
capacity to completely
meet all of the nation's
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