A new $2 billion road-rail facility will see the creation of over 3,000 jobs and a reduction in the number of trucks on roads in and around Sydney.

The Moorebank road-rail intermodal terminal – with a shuttle to Port Botany in Sydney – will be constructed, owned and operated by the private sector, with government assistance in its development.

Located in Sydney’s south west, tenders are underway for the Moorebank terminal, which is facing opposition from locals in the community. The government, however, is in favour of its construction, which they claim will remove some 3,300 trucks from Sydney roads every day, the freight being transferred instead to rail.

The Moorebank Intermodal Terminal project will see a rail link constructed from Sydney’s busy Port Botany to a new freight terminal and warehousing facilities at Moorebank,” said Anthony Albanese, the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. “This will enable freight to be more efficiently transported by rail, providing much-needed relief for Sydney drivers.”

At present, the intermodal terminal is scheduled for completion by 2017, and is anticipated to create 1,650 full-time construction jobs, with an additional 1,700 people hired once the project is operational. In addition to taking trucks off roads, reducing fuel costs and harmful emissions, it is expected the terminal will bring $135 million a year into the economy of south-western Sydney.

Home Automation

Call it ‘domotics,’ and you are likely to receive a blank stare, but refer to it as ‘smart home’ or ‘home automation,’ and you will get a nod of acknowledgement. For the past few years, consumers have heard the word ‘smart’ attached to countless products and services, from food and drink to snacks like popcorn and mobile phones, which no one seems to refer to as a ‘cellphone’ anymore. Yet what, exactly, constitutes ‘smart’?

January 18, 2021, 9:11 PM AEDT