YENDA residents have called for a public hearing to garner more information about a freight terminal proposed for their village.
The Area News revealed in June the state government was intending to request expressions of interest from corporations interested in building a logistics hub in Yenda.
The terminal would be in addition to the one in Griffith’s CBD, which is expected to be relocated to Wumbulgal in the coming years.
Council and Murrumbidgee MP Adrian Piccoli have already made their disapproval clear amid concerns a Yenda-based terminal would take business from the existing intermodal facility.
However, Yenda locals have had mixed reactions to the proposal.
Resident Carl Chirgwin believes the benefits to the economy would outweigh any inconvenience of increased freight movements but said he needed more information before he moved to support it.
“There would be a boost to the town while they were building it as well as when it’s in operation,” Mr Chrigwin said.
“People working on a project like this need to stay somewhere and eat somewhere and some may even rent houses out here.
“Since the floods, the town has been in a pretty bad way so this could be the windfall we need.”
The new terminal is mooted for a site next to the Yenda silos, between Railway Parade and Beelbangera Road.
Its location would be convenient to the area’s biggest exporter, Casella Wines, which is headquartered in Yenda.
Despite the advantages to the village, Railway Parade resident Roslyn Vaseo was unimpressed by the prospect of a freight hub moving in next door.
“I imagine it will be pretty noisy and dusty; and safety is a concern because there’s not even a boom gate on the crossing,” Mrs Vaseo said.
“At night time, you can’t really see trains from the corner of Myall Park Road.
“I’m also concerned about traffic being held up.
“The other afternoon, there was a train there when I was coming home and I had to wait for ages – and that’s without a freight terminal.”
Mrs Vaseo said it was imperative more information was provided to residents so they could determine whether a freight hub was something they could live with.
“We’d want to know how many trains there will be coming through, how often and at what time of night,” she said.