Monday, 12 December 2016 16:19

Detail needed on airport noise, jobs and transport

Western Sydney Airport sign at Badgerys Creek, Western Sydney. Western Sydney Airport sign at Badgerys Creek, Western Sydney.

Media release, 12 December, 2016

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has reaffirmed its concerns regarding the final approval conditions for the Western Sydney Airport (WSA) following the project’s sign-off by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “If an airport is to be built in Western Sydney, for Western Sydney, then we must ensure quality of life is maintained. Currently, we do not have enough certainty that this will be the case.

“Equity is a key concern for WSROC and unlike Kingsford Smith, Western Sydney Airport has no specific operating limitations, no noise abatement strategy, and no insulation or noise sharing programs,” he said.

“We don’t even know where the flight paths will be located,” said Cr Bali.

“We have an EIS that states the airport operator should limit noise ‘to the extent practicable’ over residential areas and the Blue Mountains; this does not seem like an adequately strict or enforceable condition,” he said.

“In addition to protections, WSROC wants to see the government’s plan for maximising the airport’s potential for employment, access to services, social inclusion, and regional connectivity,” said Cr Bali.

“To do this we must have a plan for transport and a plan for jobs; not just promises.

“As Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport demonstrates, ‘rail ready’ does not mean rail connected.

“We need a transport network that gives businesses and residents easy access to the airport and its surrounding employment lands. A single link to the city won’t cut it,” said Cr Bali.

“Without these connections Western Sydney Airport will not be the catalyst for investment and jobs that our region demands.

“On its own, the airport is expected to generate 9,000 jobs in 15 years. Western Sydney needs hundreds of thousands of jobs today.

“With 1 million extra residents in the next 20 years, we are going to need a comprehensive strategy for activation of the employment lands surrounding the airport to ensure there are enough jobs, and the right kinds of jobs to service our community,” he said.

“Other things to be considered include fuel lines and transportation, local procurement policies, and community health strategies,” said Cr Bali.

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Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, 02 9671 4333 (ext. 118), 0425 871 868 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

 

Further information:

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development - Airport Plan

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development - Final Environmental Impact Statement

WSROC and MACROC: Western Sydney Airport EIS peer review - Part A

WSROC and MACROC: Western Sydney Airport EIS peer review - Part B

WSROC: Badgerys EIS fails government's own guidelines (Published 7 December, 2015)

WSROC: Independent review found gaps to be addressed (Published 30 November, 2015)

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