In September 2007, the NSW Minister of Planning issued approval under Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 for the construction, operations and associated works pertaining to the Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre.
This development is located on the site of the former Enfield Marshalling Yards. The site is bounded in terms of location and transport access by the suburbs of Greenacre, Belfield, Belmore, South Strathfield, Strathfield and Chullora.
Cosgrove Road in Belfield and Strathfield South forms the eastern boundary of much of the site, which extends from Punchbowl Road in the south to the Hume Highway in the north.
Strathfield Council has long opposed the approval of this development. Council considers that this development will have adverse community, health and environmental impacts, particularly given the proximity of the site to long established residential areas.
Council pursued legal advice to challenge the State Government’s approval of the development. At the Council meeting of 5 February 2008, after receiving advice from two barristers that it was unlikely to succeed with the legal action, Council decided to not proceed. Council also based its decision on the substantial costs involved in proceeding, which could be better allocated to Council initiatives for the benefit of the entire community.
Strathfield Council will continue to firmly oppose the Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre and will work in conjunction with the No Port Enfield Residents Action Group in keeping the community informed about the progress of this project.
Information on the approval and history of this development is accessible below.