Monday, 17 April 2017 17:14

WSROC excluded from flight path consultation

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Media release, April 2017

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has expressed disappointment at the Minister for Urban Infrastructure’s decision to exclude the organisation from a forum informing flight paths for Western Sydney Airport.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “As the collective voice of local government in Western Sydney WSROC deserves a seat at the table; particularly when many potentially affected communities are not represented.

“I have confidence those appointed to the forum will voice the needs of their communities, but I am concerned by glaring gaps in representation from a number of local government areas under WSROC’s membership,” he said.

“Limiting representation from areas such as Blacktown, Cumberland, Fairfield and Parramatta – areas which are almost certain to fall under future flightpaths given the orientation of the runway – is careless at best,” said Cr Bali.

“These are Western Sydney’s most heavily populated areas, so considering these communities’ needs in the development of flight paths is essential.

“If not all local areas can be included, WSROC is best placed to fill this gap, ensuring that the interests of the region at large, as well as local concerns voiced by individual councils are taken into consideration,” he said.

“WSROC will be writing to Minister Fletcher to recommend its inclusion and the inclusion of its affected members,” said Cr Bali.

WSROC has been actively involved in reviewing the current and former iterations of the Western Sydney Airport project. Last year WSROC, in partnership with 11 Western Sydney councils, coordinated the only technical review of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project, and the organisation has been actively involved in ensuring the project offers the best outcomes for Western Sydney and Sydney as a whole.

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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.   

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