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0549 - Transport and Roads - CONTAINER TERMINAL INFORMATION

Primrose, Peter to the Special Minister of State, Minister for the Public Service and Employee Relations, Aboriginal Affairs, and the Arts, Vice-President of the Executive Council representing the Minister for Transport and Roads
  1. Is rail access to a container terminal a key consideration for regional economic development?
  2. Has Transport for NSW modelled the economic benefit of a container terminal in Newcastle?
    1. If so, when was this completed?
    2. If not, why not?
  3. Has Transport for NSW modelled how many jobs a Newcastle container terminal would create?
    1. If so, when was this completed?
      1. How many jobs is it estimated that a container terminal in Newcastle deliver for Newcastle and the Hunter?
      2. How many jobs is it estimated that a container terminal in Newcastle deliver for regional NSW?
    2. If not, why not?
  4. Has there been any modelling⁄ business case studies⁄ draft documents done or proposed that looks at truck transport on the M1 and Sydney road networks should a container terminal in Newcastle, with no cap on the number of containers and removal of the state government fee payable on container exports, go ahead?
    1. If so, when where they completed?
    2. If not, why not?
  5. Would a container in Newcastle reduce freight costs for businesses in Newcastle, the Hunter and Northern NSW?
  6. Is the Minister aware that the 2019 NSW Nationals Conference passed the following motion: "That conference call on the NSW Nationals to ensure: The removal of all obstacles facing the Newcastle Container Terminal Expansion Plans, including the cap on the number of containers and the State Government fee payable on container exports and The Port's development of a high intensity container terminal."?
    1. Does the Minister support the motion as passed by the 2019 NSW Nationals Conference?
    2. Does the Minister agree with the Deputy Premier's comments that western district farmers and primary producers would "absolutely" benefit from a container port at Newcastle?
  7. Would a container terminal in Newcastle, with no cap on the number of containers and removal of the state government fee payable on container exports, lower freight costs for northern NSW exports?
  8. What would be the benefit to western district farmers and primary producers if there was a container terminal at the Port of Newcastle, with no cap on the number of containers and removal of the state government fee payable on container exports?
  9. Given that the Government's NSW Freight and Ports Strategy notes that the Port of Newcastle would continue to be NSW's primary coal export and will continue to service bulk grain and other commodities, how does the Government define the term "container" in respect of charging a fee for container traffic at the Port of Newcastle above the Government's minimal specified cap?
  10. Do the Port Commitment Deeds for Port Botany, Port Kembla and the Port of Newcastle all include the same meaning of the term "container"?
  11. What is the definition of container with respect to the Port Commitment Deeds?
  12. Given that the Government charges a fee for container traffic at the Port of Newcastle above the Government's minimal specified cap, how many "containers" a year were shipped through the port since it was leased?
  13. What is the current container threshold at the Port of Newcastle for which compensations is payable to NSW ports?
  14. Are the restrictions placed on the Port of Newcastle effecting the efficiency of the NSW port network?
  15. What is the government's current cap on container numbers at the Port of Newcastle?
  16. Does the cap on containers at the Port of Newcastle drive up costs of farming exports?
  17. What is the rationale for the Government not disclosing the Government's fee for container traffic above the Government's minimum specified cap at the Port of Newcastle, in the Government's freight and ports strategy?
  18. On what date did the Government inform the Parliament about the Government's fee for container traffic above the Government's minimum specified cap at the Port of Newcastle?
  19. Does the Government charge a legislated fee for container traffic at the Port of Newcastle above the Government's minimal specified cap?
  20. Does the Government charge any fee for container traffic at the Port of Newcastle above the Government's minimal specified cap?
  21. What is the government's source of funds to be able to pay NSW Ports Pty Ltd for container traffic at the Port of Newcastle above the government's minimal specified cap?
  22. On what date did the government inform the ACCC of its decision to require the developer of a container terminal at the Port of Newcastle to pay the government's fee for container traffic at the Port of Newcastle above the government's minimal specified cap?
  23. What percentage of containers are moved by road in Sydney?
  24. Is it the case that there will be an estimated five million container truck movements a year through Port Botany by 2040 and six million without the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal compared with one million truck movements a year at present?
  25. What is the cost of road improvements to the local road network serving the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal?
    1. 2013⁄14
    2. 2014⁄15
    3. 2015⁄16
    4. 2016⁄17
    5. 2017⁄18
    6. 2018⁄19
  26. How much is Moorebank intermodal terminal operator is required to contribute to road improvements:
    1. 2013⁄14
    2. 2014⁄15
    3. 2015⁄16
    4. 2016⁄17
    5. 2017⁄18
    6. 2018⁄19
  27. What is the capacity of rail freight network serving the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal?
  28. Given the Government's assurances that there is no cap on containers at the Port of Newcastle - legislative or otherwise - is there competition in the NSW container port market between Port of Newcastle Investments Pty Ltd at the Port of Newcastle, and NSW Ports Pty Ltd at Port Botany?
    1. If yes, how is the Government supporting this competition?
  29. Would removing freight from Sydney's existing rail network enable the capacity to be used for passenger services?
  30. Would removing freight from the existing rail lines between Newcastle and Sydney, and Port Kembla and Sydney, allow the capacity to be used for passenger services?
  31. Was the "Ports Assets (Authorised Transactions) Act 2012" amended to authorise the Government to lease the Port of Newcastle after Port Botany and Port Kembla were leased to NSW Ports on May 30 2013?
  32. When the Government leased Port Botany and Port Kembla to NSW Ports on May 30 2013, did the Government have authority to require the developer of a container terminal at the Port of Newcastle to pay the Government for container traffic at the Port of Newcastle above the Government's minimal specified cap?
    1. If so, what was that authority?
  33. Does Port Botany compete with the Port of Melbourne in the East coast container port market?
    1. If yes, how many containers for the NSW market are shipped through the Port of Melbourne?
  34. What studies has the Government undertaken in relation to competition between the Port of Melbourne and Port Botany in the East coast container port market?
  35. When will the $1 billion "Northern Sydney Freight Corridor Stage One" reach capacity?
  36. How much will stages 2 and 3 of the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor cost to build?
Answer -

I am advised:

1. No.

2, 3, 5, 7-23, 28, 31-34. I refer you to the evidence given at the Public Works Committee's Inquiry into the impact of Port of Newcastle sale arrangements on public works expenditure in New South Wales. Requests for further detail should be directed to the Treasurer.

4. No. Road planning is based on total use of the road for all purposes.

6. I refer you to the answer given at the Budget Estimates 2018-19 hearing.

24. The number of heavy vehicle movements will depend on rail mode share, the development of the Western Sydney Freight Line and intermodal terminal, and landside investment by NSW Ports to support rail capacity.

25 -26. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment is assessing development applications for this site.

All information, including relevant traffic reports and the Voluntary Planning Agreement for Moorebank Precinct West and the development consent for Moorebank Precinct East, is available via the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment's Major Project Portal.

27. Information is available at http:⁄⁄www.micl.com.au⁄importexportterminal.

29-30. Yes

35. This information is available on the Infrastructure Australia website.

36. This is not yet known.

Question asked on 2 October 2019 (session 57-1) and published in Questions & Answers Paper No. 106
Answer received on 23 October 2019 and printed in Questions & Answers Paper No. 120