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Pacific National says giving back to the community is a key part of its St Marys Freight Hub plans.
A NEW community children’s playground at St Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, western Sydney, was the purpose of a $60,000 joint donation from Pacific National.
The other donor was ACFS Port Logistics.
A ceremony took place to mark the official cheque presentation, with MP for Londonderry Prue Car the guest of honour.
The new church playground is to be open for all the community to enjoy with the outdoor facility including soft-fall flooring and sensory play equipment.
Pacific National CEO Paul Scurrah acknowledged the importance of ongoing support from community and local business groups towards the development of St Marys Freight Hub.
“Community and business groups are excited how the freight hub will allow people to live and work in the region, leading to more time spent with family and pursuing local activities as opposed to a return commute of 130 kilometres each day between Western Sydney and Port Botany,” Scurrah said.
“Eighty on-site jobs have been generated since construction commenced in November last year, while in the future local businesses and trades will benefit from increased commercial activity associated with the new freight hub.”
Once fully operational, St Marys Freight Hub is expected to play a significant role in decongesting the Sydney network.
A total of 175 “skilled jobs” are expected to be created in Western Sydney, as part of a combined investment value between Pacific National and ACFS Port Logistics of up to $100 million.
The freight hub allows up to 300,000 shipping containers filled with a variety of essential goods and commodities to be hauled by rail from Port Botany to St Marys each year.
Scurrah said a central tenet shared by both Pacific National and ACFS Port Logistics was to be closely connected and involved with the communities in which the businesses operate.
“St Marys Freight Hub is more than just a site for our two companies to conduct freight and logistics operations – it will help attract, anchor and grow commercial enterprises and related job opportunities in the district and wider region for decades to come,” he said.
Pacific National has partnered with ACFS Port Logistics, which will manage and operate the St Marys Freight Hub.
ACFS will also deliver shipping containers the ‘last mile’ by truck to retail and wholesale customers at surrounding warehouses and distribution centres in Western Sydney.
This article first appeared on railexpress.com.au
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