Friday, 06 May 2016 16:05

WSROC welcomes federal recognition of Badgerys flight impact

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Media release, 6 May, 2016

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed today’s announcement that the Turnbull government will re-consider proposed flight paths for the proposed Badgerys Creek airport.

WSROC President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said WSROC has previously outlined its severe disappointment in the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Airport Plan for the Western Sydney Airport and particularly its concentration of flight paths over a single community.

“Today’s announcement is significant because it means both major parties have acknowledged the very real impact of this airport on Western Sydney residents and particularly the Blue Mountains,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“We are pleased that both parties have committed to renegotiate flight paths to ensure minimal and fairly distributed noise impacts on the almost one million residents living in the surrounding LGAs,” he said.

“This decision has followed a strong community objection to the draft EIS, and I commend the 5000 residents who made submissions to the government.

“I also commend our federal politicians for listening to their communities,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“However, the question remains as to why a ‘comprehensive noise mitigation plan’ and consideration of a range of flight paths were not included in the original EIS document as per the Department of Industry’s guidelines,” he said.

“In addition to a review of flight paths and environmental impacts as outlined by Mr Turnbull, WSROC would like to see an in-depth investigation into the traffic, economic and social impacts of the proposed Western Sydney Airport in the final EIS.

“Rail connectivity is key to this. Connecting the airport to cities in the east, as well as along the north-south corridor between the Hawkesbury and Campbelltown,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“An independent technical review which was jointly funded by 11 Western Sydney councils late last year found that cumulative impacts, particularly with respect to transport had not adequately been taken into account in the draft EIS.

“Cumulative impacts include traffic and economic activity generated as a direct result of the airport’s construction such as shopping centres, warehousing and accommodation, and surrounding residential growth centres,” he said.

“The peer review also found that the Draft EIS did not always adhere to EIS Guidelines, did not conform to best practice in many areas, lacked detailed modelling and contained information gaps for several key assumptions including those surrounding local job creation,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“There is much to improve on with respect to the draft EIS and Airport Plan, however it is encouraging that both federal parties have committed to thoroughly review these documents,” he said.

Councils who jointly funded the review include: Auburn, Camden, Campbelltown, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith and Wollondilly. The review was conducted in conjunction with WSROC and the Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils (MACROC).

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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.

 

Related content:

WSROC News: Independent EIS review found gaps to be addressed (30 November, 2016)

WSROC News: Badgerys Creek EIS before Senate (29 February, 2016)

 

 

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