Tuesday, 30 June 2015 09:34

Eleven councils collaborate on Badgerys EIS

Eleven councils have come together to fund an independent review of the forth-coming Western Sydney Airport (Badergys Creek) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) due for release later this year.

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) President Cllr Tony Hadchiti said thorough, independent review of the EIS is essential to ensure the Badgerys Creek precinct is the best it can be.

“Badgerys Creek airport will be the biggest infrastructure project in Western Sydney’s history,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“It offers tremendous opportunities for our region, but we need to ensure this project is supported by adequate infrastructure, environmental controls and strong protection for residents,” he said.

Participating councils include those from across the WSROC and MACROC regions in West and South West Sydney.

“We have 11 council contributing to the review including: Auburn, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith and Wollondilly Shire,” he said.

“While the independent assessment will be jointly funded, each council will then make an individual submission based on the needs of its local residents, environment, infrastructure and economy,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“WSROC and MACROC will also make recommendations from a regional perspective,” he said.

By working together, we are able to fund a far more extensive analysis and save rate-payer dollars by avoiding duplication,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

WSROC and many of its member councils conditionally support the planned airport, but only if the right infrastructure links, environmental controls and business opportunities are in place to support it.

“If we are going to invest in an airport at Badgerys Creek, it needs to be a world-class facility that boosts the Western Sydney economy, businesses and employment. The proposed airport should also demonstrate best practice when it comes to environmental sustainability and community health,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

The timing of the draft EIS and length of the consultation period has yet to be confirmed.

“WSROC has written to the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development the Hon. Warren Truss requesting a minimum 60 day review period,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“We feel 60 days is the absolute minimum timeframe required if stakeholders are to adequately consider the EIS findings.

“Given the scale and importance of this infrastructure to Sydney as a whole, we would ideally like much longer window,” he said.

 

MACROC is the Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils representing Camden, Campbelltown and Wollondilly Shire councils.

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