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Corrigan says automated Brisbane box terminal to go ahead soon

<p>Patrick Corporation chief executive Chris Corrigan said the company is close to going ahead with an automated container terminal development in Brisbane.</p> <p>Mr Corrigan last night (Tuesday, August 5) said that the new technology at the Fisherman islands terminal would put pressure on the Patrick facilities in Sydney and Melbourne, which would look less modern in comparison.</p> <p>Patrick has plans to redevelop its Sydney terminal but Mr Corrigan said that the situation is Sydney is still making "no sense", with the investment picture muddied by competing terminal plans in Newcastle and Port Kembla.</p> <p>Mr Corrigan questioned the logic of looking at the Newcastle option when the port has no train paths available.</p> <p>"New South Wales has got to get its act together," Mr Corrigan said.</p> <p>In a scathing address to the National Infrastructure Summit Dinner, Mr Corrigan said it would cost ten times the amount of a terminal in Newcastle itself to improve the rail infrastructure to connect the terminal with Sydney. </p> <p>He told the dinner that some of the equipment on the north&#47south rail network is already on display in Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, where it is in better condition than the stuff on the track.</p> <p>This issue is part of what the Commonwealth and the NSW Government have been arguing about for over two years, he said.</p> <p>"It is not arm-wrestling about infrastructure," Mr Corrigan said. </p> <p>"It is about the NSW Government bending over backwards to protect rail unions from new technology."</p> <br />