Western Sydney has been buzzing about the Commonwealth Government’s recent progress on Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek, but it’s not the only long-running major infrastructure project being delivered in the region.
Here at Elton Consulting, we are also hard at work on another transformational infrastructure project in Western Sydney – the Moorebank Logistics Park intermodal terminal. Due for staged introduction to operation from mid-2019, the facility is set to become Australia’s largest automated import/export freight handling centre.
The facility links directly by rail to Port Botany and will ultimately move 1.55 million TEU by train instead of road – removing thousands of heavy truck trips from Sydney roads every day. Occupying a 243-hectare site, the facility will incorporate up to 850,000 square metres of warehousing co-located two intermodal transport terminals. At full capacity, it will create $120 million per year in economic benefits.
Sydney Intermodal Transport Alliance (SIMTA), a subsidiary of Qube Holdings – one of Australia’s largest freight operators, is the body responsible for the development and operation of the site.
For the past eight years, Elton Consulting has been working closely with Qube to progress the project. Proudly, we have used our communications, stakeholder engagement and community relations expertise to help SIMTA realise its vision for the project. We have:
- provided strategic advice during the approvals
- developed and implemented communications and engagement strategies
- lead engagement with key project stakeholders
- overseen delivery contractors’ community relations programs
- provided on-site engagement support
Most recently, Elton Consulting convened the project’s first Community Consultative Committee (CCC) meeting. Chaired by the former Department of Premier & Cabinet director-general Dr Colin Gellatly, the CCC will meet quarterly throughout construction and during the project’s first five years of operation.
The occasion marked our long-term partnership with SIMTA, bringing to life countless hours of planning and organisation from both parties. More importantly, the event was a success, providing the community with the opportunity to directly engage in the delivery of the project.
Asked about the best part of working on the project, Elton Consulting Project Director Scott Warren had this to say:
“The scale and complexity of the project is tremendous. It presents a range of challenges across the spectrum of communications, engagement and community relations. Our team also love working with such an engaged and collaborative client and passionate team of project managers and contractors”.