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WSROC response to Western Sydney Airport EIS

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Media release, September 19, 2016

WSROC has been advocating strongly for equitable outcomes for the Western Sydney community with the proposed development of the Western Sydney Airport. In particular, this included the need for the Federal Government to ensure flight paths are designed to avoid residential areas as much as possible.

WSROC CEO, Mr. Charles Casuscelli said, "It is pleasing to note that the Government has taken this on board and has committed to designing flight paths so as to minimise noise over populated areas and to share the burden of additional noise across all communities. We welcome the Government’s commitment to community consultation on this matter.”

WSROC has also strongly advocated for the new airport to be supported by state of the art infrastructure and public transport from the outset of airport operations, specifically a heavy rail link connecting to the main Western Line.
"WSROC commends the Federal and State Governments for their commitment to rail, especially their intent to ensure the rail infrastructure will be holistic, and addresses the needs of both the Airport and the Western Sydney region as a whole,” said Mr Casuscelli.

"WSROC recognises that the airport can be the major catalyst for economic development in the region. However, the expected jobs creation and population growth for Greater Western Sydney will occur away from the airport; in adjoining precincts, the region’s growth areas, employment lands and enterprise zones. WSROC therefore strongly advocates for a modern transport network throughout the region not just a single rail line".

“We see the release of the associated rail options paper as a step in the right direction towards getting the public infrastructure investment right in terms of capabilities and timing. Without a holistic approach to critical infrastructure this potentially game-changing airport will be just another wasted opportunity to turbo-charge economic development in Greater Western Sydney," he said.

"The airport and its associated supporting transport infrastructure has the potential to not only better connect Greater Western Sydney to the two CBDs of Sydney and Parramatta, but also to provide essential connectivity between the communities and businesses of the region"

"As with all projects of this nature, the devil is in the detail. We note for example that the EIS noise assessment is based on indicative flight paths, as these change, the potential noise impacts will need further environmental assessment and community consultation,” he said.

WSROC will continue to work with the Federal and State Governments, and other parties, to ensure that the economic benefits from the development of the proposed Western Sydney Airport are delivered to the Greater Western Sydney community. We will strive to ensure that everything possible is being done to mitigate any adverse impacts identified" said Mr Casuscelli.

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Media contacts: Charles Casuscelli, 02 9671 4333 (ext. 108), 04 000 144 56 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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