Thursday, 31 August 2017 12:33

Airport engagement misses the mark

Western Sydney Airport signage, Badgerys Creek. Western Sydney Airport signage, Badgerys Creek.

A independent assessment of the community engagement process for Western Sydney Airport has found a significant level of dissatisfaction amongst Western Sydney residents.

The findings were released in a joint report from the Western Sydney Community Forum and the University of New South Wales' Centre for Health Equity Training Research and Evaluation (CHETRE) on August 30, 2017.

The report examined the positive, negative, and unintended impacts of government engagement practices relating to the Western Sydney Airport (WSA). 

Western Sydney Community Forum said evaluating engagement processes is important because good engagement can lead to many positive outcomes for communities, while lack of participation in decision making is damaging to health and wellbeing.

Data was collected through five community workshops held between May and June 2016. Workshops were located in Blacktown, Bringelly, Cabramatta, Lawson and Oran Park. An online survey was also publicly available to enable contributions for those unable to attend the workshops.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “The first principle of an engagement strategy ought to include detailed discussion of the proposal and listening to community feedback.

"But what communities have experienced is tokenistic consultation with little detail and few assurances. 

"They have seen a failed EIS that was adopted despite significant community concern, and an airport proposal that was approved without a plan for flight paths, resident protections or transport links.

"No wonder people feel frustrated that they are not being listened to or adequately consulted,” said Cr Bali.

The report is now available for download on the Western Sydney Community Forum website.

 

Further information:

Is Anyone Listening? Health Impact Assessment of the Western Sydney Airport Community Engagement Process (August 2017)

 

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