Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Blacktown. Hub on exhibition

The Department of Planning & Infrastructure has on public exhibition the proposed Eastern Creek Business Hub providing retail, open space and limited tourism land uses. Components will include bulky goods/large format retail, convenience retail and associated recreation components. Around 11 hectares of retail uses proposed, with around 20 hectares of open space and recreation. Capital investment value: $129 million.

Region. Sustainable development

The University of Western Sydney and a range of partners have joined a global network focused on education for sustainable development. UWS will will host the official launch of the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development in Greater Western Sydney(RCE-GWS) Thursday September 27.Professor Geoff Scott, executive director of sustainability at UWS, said the establishment of RCE-GWS was an initiative of the university’s Office of Sustainability. “UWS has long been committed to environmental, cultural and social responsibility in its core business – including its curriculum, research, engagement activities and daily operations,” he said.

Camellia. Refining to cease

Shell is seeking feedback on its proposal to cease refining at its Clyde Refinery, on the Camellia peninsula, on September30. The company announced in July that the refinery would be converted into a dedicated fuel terminal. For information re the conversion visit

Moorebank. Defence renews lease

Plans by Qube Logistics to set up a $1 billion freight hub, at Moorebank, could be delayed after the Defence Department exercised its right to renew a lease over the proposed site for another five years, to 2018. Qube Logistics expects Defence will still move off the site by late 2014 or early 2015. The federal government is pushing ahead with plans for a $1.6 billion intermodal facility on land, opposite Qube’s proposal, which will be vacated by Defence by the end of 2014, according to The Australian Financial Review.