Monday, 29 February 2016 09:54

Badgerys Creek EIS before Senate

Aeroplane on the runway at sunset. Aeroplane on the runway at sunset.

The Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was put before the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee this month

Both the Department of Infrastructure and Airservices Australia came before the committee to answer questions relating to the draft EIS and draft Airport Plan.

During the discussion, the Department of Infrastructure’s Mr Mrdack confirmed that flights (including night freight) in and out of Badgerys Creek airport would ultimately be determined by the market, not noise impacts on residents.

Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill said the Senate revelations were a concern for residents.

“Night-time cargo flights, with loud and older plans, will essentially be regulated by commercial considerations and not by human or natural well-being concerns,” said Mayor Greenhill.

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has previously indicated that market forces and community needs must be balanced.

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.”

“We understand that the success of a Western Sydney Airport will be determined by market demands, but profitability should not come at all costs,” he said.

WSROC has previously indicated it would like to see noise sharing targets similar to those at Kingsford Smith Airport.

“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.

“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,” he said.

 

The full transcript of the Senate discussion can be accessed here.

Further information on WSROC’s submission in response to the Western Sydney Airport draft Environmental Impact Statement can be found here.

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