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The New South Wales Ports Minister says he would like Griffith's rail terminal moved but it is going to be a commercial decision.
Joe Tripodi visited Griffith yesterday for a meeting with the Sydney Ports Corporation and local exporters.
The State Government, Sydney Ports and Griffith City Council are looking into the feasibility of moving the freight terminal out of the CBD amid concern about congestion.
Mr Tripodi says it is up to Patrick Port Logistics to relocate.
"There's some good arguments for it, potential growth of business over time," he said.
"We believe there's going to be a lot more exporting happening over the region as the years go by, given the great track record that's been achieved to date.
"So we're encouraging it, we'd like to see if happen, but really we can't rely on it because it really is a commercial decision for the Patrick's business."
Much Griffith freight currently goes to Melbourne port for export and Sydney is pushing for a share of that.
The general manager of Griffith City Council, Peter Brooks, has welcomed the Minister's talks with exporters.
"The whole reason for the visit was obviously to provide major exporters with a bit of an overview of the work that the [NSW] Government and Federal Government are doing in Sydney in relation to improving the infrastructure, so that Sydney port can be more competitive," he said.
Mr Brooks says Griffith City Council is worried about transport congestion, with 150 truck movements per day in and out of the current terminal in the CBD.
"If there is going to be a new terminal, transport terminal, transport hub, a relocated transport hub it has to stand up on the business case and that's what the feasibility is at the moment," he said.
"The desire I think is to have a competitive choice for exporters in this area so that they can choose to go through Sydney or choose to go through Melbourne, both with improved services and both at competitive prices.
"Obviously from a council point of view, we're very keen for that to happen because that'll allow our exporters to increase their market and increase their market share, because hopefully their costs of transporting to market will be reduced.
"There's a number of organisations each with different priorities and each with different issues - what we're hoping will happen is that all of those issues will converge into the opportunity to have a new port terminal, a new transport terminal out of the CBD somewhere with access for everybody and an opportunity to expand the current facilities."
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