Thursday, 26 September 2019 11:33

Flight paths needed now for best planning outcomes

Aerial view of housing development in western Sydney Aerial view of housing development in western Sydney

Media release, 24 September, 2019

WSROC has expressed concern after Western Sydney Airport CEO, Graham Millett, confirmed indicative flight paths would not be available until late 2021 at the earliest; years after construction commenced.

WSROC President, Cr Barry Calvert, said “While the region welcomes the economic boost the airport brings, it is disingenuous to expect communities to fully support the aerotropolis development when we still don’t have the details."

“The time for transparency and planning is now – not 2022. “Western Sydney is expected to be home to another 500,000 residents by the time the airport opens in 2026 . More than half of that growth will be in areas immediately surrounding the airport .

“New homes are being built now and they should be built with appropriate noise protection to avoid expensive retrofits,” he said.

“There is currently no mention of noise impacts in the Government’s planning regulations for these new growth areas, and no promises with regards to future noise amelioration.

“This is not just a Western Sydney issue. The effects of flight paths at the 24/7 Western Sydney Airport extend far beyond the communities currently being built around the wider aerotropolis development in Sydney’s West,” said Cr Calvert.

“Flight paths from Kingsford Smith airport will also be changed, to accommodate the Western Sydney Airport – creating significant uncertainty regarding the changes that could impact right across Greater Sydney.

“The need for proactive planning has been stated far and wide – particularly by the Western Sydney communities most proximate to the Airport development. Meanwhile, new communities and industries are being put in place with no certainty around what life will be like in those places on a 24/7 flight schedule.

“At the very least, we need to know which way the planes are planned to be going. To leave this key factor out of planning considerations for another two years not only does a disservice to the region’s residents and communities but will increase the cost of future noise amelioration,” said Cr Calvert.

 

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Media contact: Kate O'Connell, 02 9671 4333 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

 

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