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State Government under fire on Moorebank intermodal

The State Government’s proposed changes to development controls at the Moorebank Intermodal have come under fire from local community leaders.

Details of the proposed Moorebank Intermodal State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) were recently placed on exhibition for public submissions.

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) has stated that the proposed SEPP seeks to “streamline’’ and provide “timely development’’ at the precinct through the creation of exempt and complying development.

But two Labor councillors won’t have a bar of it.

Nathan Hagarty and Charishma Kaliyanda have slammed the intention of the proposals.

“This is just the latest in a series of measures from the State Liberal Government to water down planning laws,’’ says Cr Hagarty.

“Over the past decade we’ve had unelected planning panels, flammable cladding, the debacle with landowners at the Aerotropolis and now this.

“Under the cover of Covid, the State Government is once again making it harder for the community to have a say about the kind of development they want in their community,” he said.

“If approved, these changes would see a whole host of development at the intermodal handed over to private certifiers for approval.

“This would effectively remove the opportunity for the community to have a fair hearing, raise objections and flag any compliance issues.’’

Cr Kaliyanda agrees, and adds: “We’ve seen with the Opal Tower what happens when development is left in the hands of private certifiers.’’

Submissions on the proposed SEPP close on September 27.

“The community and council have been fighting the intermodal for years and now the State Liberal Government has decided they are going to try and bypass both,’’ says Cr Hagarty.

“It’s vital that the community has a say, so I strongly encourage everyone to make a submission opposing these proposed changes.’’

2 Responses to State Government under fire on Moorebank intermodal

  1. Racquel September 14, 2021 at 3:17 pm #

    1st – can’t look at display
    2nd – seen what they have done right on the edge of a family suburb
    3rd – wildlife has been affected by destroying their homes – koala, cookatoos, turtles, snakes just to name a few
    4th – then a toll is suppose to be added to Moorebank ave – which is ridiculous to those that live right near this and need to travel on m5 to access Casula for example.

  2. Anonymous September 15, 2021 at 11:14 am #

    This is so wrong, it’s bad enough that no one listened when we the locals opposed the intermodal. It’s a disaster there and to privatise certifiers is asking for trouble.
    Wildlife, especially our koala population has been desecrated, koalas being found in suburbs close by. The destruction of bush land taking their homes but also increasing risk of global impact.
    Applying a toll is outrageous. We need someone to speak up for the community NOW
    The safety of the intermodal was seen when a number of containers fell over during high winds. Imagine if they fell onto cars passing on the Toll road .

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