Wednesday, 16 December 2015 17:14

WSROC votes for airport equality

Media release, December 16, 2015

At its last board meeting for the year, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) resolved its official position on the proposed Western Sydney Airport.

WSROC President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti, said “There are a range of views amongst WSROC’s 10 member councils, but all agree that a Western Sydney airport must offer a more equal spread of opportunity and burden than is currently presented in the draft EIS.”

The WSROC Board resolved that the Western Sydney Airport must:

  • be supported by state of the art infrastructure and public transport from the outset of airport operations. Most specifically a heavy rail link connecting to the main Western Line;
  • operate under the same curfews as Kingsford Smith Airport – whether day time only or 24 hours;
  • be supported by stringent environmental controls including protection of the UNESCO listed Greater World Heritage Area; and
  • ensure equitable outcomes for all WSROC residents by designing flight paths that limit the noise exposure of any single community.

“I don’t think anyone would argue that an airport needs to be supported by state-of-the-art public transport and freight infrastructure,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Rail is essential to ensure the employment lands around this airport attract the level of investment and jobs growth the government desires,” he said.

“Rail is also a no brainer from a commuter perspective. Whether entering the precinct for employment or travel, we need to offer travellers fast, no fuss connections to the rest of the city,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“There are already well over half a million people living in the areas surrounding Badgerys Creek[1]. Even without an airport, rail should be a priority for this region,” he said.

“The WSROC board also resolved to support the case for equal curfew restrictions at both Western Sydney and Kingsford Smith Airport,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“We have no idea where flight paths will fall or which communities will be affected because the draft EIS doesn’t tell us this,” he said.

“The indicative flight paths affect Blaxland and Springwood in the Blue Mountains, but these are only ‘proof of concept’. The final design could just as easily hit Strathfield, Kellyville or Carlingford; all of which are a similar distance[2] from Badgerys Creek,” he said.

“Without any assurances for the protection of residents WSROC will call on the government to offer equal protection for all people living in the Sydney basin,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

In addition to curfew protections, WSROC would also like to see noise sharing targets similar to those at Kingsford Smith Airport.

“This will ensure that the brunt of the noise impact is equally shared across the region,” he said.

“The indicative flight paths provided by the government place unnecessary noise burden on Blaxland and Penrith, with every single flight landing over these areas,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Finally, WSROC has called for a greater level of protection for the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Current claims by the Australian Government that noise levels in the Blue Mountains will be acceptable just doesn’t cut it,” he said.

“The government’s own calculations show noise levels reaching 60-70 decibels. This may be acceptable for an urban area, but The Blue Mountains is not Martin Place or even Parramatta,” said Cllr Hadchiti

“The value of the UNESCO listed Greater World Heritage Area relies on its serene quiet and natural soundscapes. We need to ensure this natural asset, that powers a significant tourism economy, is properly protected,” he said.

“Many of WSROC’s member councils see the great potential in the Western Sydney Airport, but the checks and balances need to be in place to ensure that both the burdens and opportunities are equally distributed,” said Cllr Hadchiti.


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

[1] Blacktown (332,424) Penrith (194,134), Liverpool (199,928), Wollondilly (47,084) and South West Priority Growth Area (300,000 new residents expected).

[2] Around 35 kilometres.

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