Moorebank contract to Martinus


Martinus has been awarded the $140 million Moorebank Interstate Intermodal Terminal and rail access project by Qube – a nationally significant infrastructure development that will transform the way containerised freight moves through Sydney and along the east coast.

Martinus founder and chief executive officer Treaven Martinus said he and the team are thrilled to be delivering the facility, which forms part of the Moorebank Logistics Park, Australia’s largest intermodal project.

“For more than six months, we collaborated with our client, Qube, to refine the overall design and provided optimum solutions which ensure best for project outcomes. We have found that early involvement and collaboration are essential on major multi-disciplinary projects like this,” he said.

“Due to the scale and the complexity of the works, and all the logistical complexities that come with delivering large scale metro projects, we knew transparency with the client was essential and it strengthens the relationship – and for us that sets a solid foundation to deliver a project successfully.”

Interface management will play a critical part in the project management process which includes a range of specialised pavement works, earthworks, stormwater drainage, track works, signalling, communications, CCTV systems, HV service relocations and distribution, as well as other ancillary services.

Martinus chief operating officer Ryan Baden said that the team has provided a turn-key solution only made possible by the incredible in-house experts who were specifically selected to champion these works.

“This win shows me and the industry that we have an incredible team of people within Martinus who know the rail space inside and out. Our people are the reason why we are seen within the market as the experts within the complex railway infrastructure – because of their knowledge and solutions-focused thinking,” he said.

“Our next generation of industry leaders are embedded in this team and I can’t wait to watch them deliver this project.”

The Moorebank Logistics Park is being developed on a precinct covering over 240 hectares of land. The precinct is roughly the size of the Sydney CBD stretching from Circular Quay to Central Station and will include up to 850,000 square metres of warehousing. National Intermodal is a partner in the terminal development and funding the rail access infrastructure.

Moorebank Intermodal Terminal. Graphic: MICL

New CEO appointed to manage Moorebank Intermodal Company

James Baulderstone will take over as the new CEO of the Moorebank Intermodal Company for a five year term.

Baulderstone most recently comes from GFG Alliance Australia, the owner of the Whyalla Steelworks, where he was strategic projects director. He has previously held executive roles at Santos and BlueScope Steel and has 30 years of experience in commercial, corporate, finance, and legal roles.

The Moorebank Intermodal Company is the federal government-owned entity which facilitates the development of an intermodal terminal at Moorebank. Sydney Intermodal Terminal Alliance, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qube, is developing and will operate the terminal.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann welcomed Baulderstone’s appointment.

“Baulderstone has extensive leadership experience and he will work with the Board to provide strong strategic direction to support the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Precinct to progress from construction to a fully operational precinct,” said Cormann.

“The project is expected to deliver $11 billion in economic benefits over 30 years and to support 6,800 jobs in south-western Sydney once fully operational.”

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said that Baulderstone will work to move more freight via rail.

“We look forward to working closely with Baulderstone to deliver the Moorebank Precinct which will increase warehousing capacity in south‑west Sydney and promote road to rail uptake so we can help stop future congestion on Sydney’s arterial roads.”

Previous CEO Erin Flaherty will continue as Chair of the Moorebank Intermodal Company board.

In June, Qube announced that Woolworths would be a major tenant at the Moorebank site and will utilise the site’s direct connection to Port Botany to remove freight from roads. Woolworths follows Target as a significant tenant.

New chair for Moorebank board

Alan Tudge, Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure, has announced that the federal government has appointed Erin Flaherty as the Chair of the Moorebank Intermodal Company (MIC) board.

Flaherty will serve a three-year term and takes over from Kerry Schott as the head of the board for the company which is overseeing the construction of the intermodal terminal in south-west Sydney.

Flaherty has served on the boards of other transport projects, including for one year as a board member for Sydney Metro and five years as an advisory board member for the North West Rail project.

Coming to the MIC, Flaherty also brings her experience as the executive director of Infrastructure New South Wales and advisory board member for Sydney Light Rail.

Ultimately, the MIC is the Commonwealth entity responsible for facilitating the precinct’s development, which will be developed by the Sydney intermodal Terminal Alliance (SIMTA), owned by Qube Holdings.

Flaherty joined the MIC when she was appointed as a non-executive director in March 2019. This coincided with the transition from the construction to operational phase.

Once completed, the 243ha site will include 850,000sqm of warehousing fed by a non-stop shuttle between Moorebank and Port Botany. A rail terminal will connect the intermodal terminal with rail networks across NSW and around the country.