Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Procurement Process Underway

Media Release

WT052/2013

13 December 2013

Joint release with:

Senator The Hon. Mathias Cormann

Finance Minister

The Government invites Expressions of Interest to develop a new freight hub in Sydney's south west at Moorebank.

The Government has selected Moorebank as the next major intermodal terminal to manage the growth of both interstate freight via Sydney and import-export freight that transits through Port Botany.

Currently the nation's second largest container freight port, Port Botany serves as a critical gateway to the movement of freight. Over the last 11 years, container trade growth at Port Botany has grown to more than 2 million containers each year.

This growth is expected to continue and will eventually impact the effectiveness of Port Botany to handle future demand.

Moorebank is large enough to support interstate freight trains, handle expected growth in container numbers and is ideally situated between major road freight corridors.

Importantly Moorebank is close to existing industrial sites and major freight markets in Western Sydney.

The terminal will operate as an open access facility to foster competition among users. Competing freight businesses must be able to operate at the terminal if we are to increase economic efficiency and innovation.

The Australian and NSW Governments have worked closely together to progress the project to this important stage of calling for Expressions of Interest.

We look forward to working with private sector partners to deliver a future-focussed, infrastructure solution that will drive economic growth and safeguard the efficient, productive delivery of freight across the country.

The Government has tasked the Moorebank Intermodal Company with overseeing the development of the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal. They are now seeking Expressions of Interest from suitably experienced and qualified organisations to build and operate the terminal.

Expressions of interest will be accepted until 26 February 2014. More information about Moorebank Intermodal Terminal is available at www.micl.com.au.