Husic blasts Badgerys Creek airport proposal

Many community leaders in Blacktown are opposed to the proposed second Sydney international airport at Badgerys Creek.

They include Blacktown Councillor Stephen Bali and Chifley Federal MP Ed Husic.

Cr Bali sent an open letter to Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss after the minister told ABC’s 7.30 program on Monday that Badgerys Airport must have 24-hour airport services if Sydney is to be a world-class city.

Mr Truss also said that a second major airport in Sydney should be up and running well before the 2027 target date set by some advocates of a Badgerys Creek airport.

Cr Bali said the proposed Badgerys Creek airport should not be the only option for consideration and that a range of alternatives should be considered by the federal government.

He wants the government to identify the size and scope of the proposed airport, as well as the Mascot expansion option for a proper assessment can be undertaken.

‘‘The environment impact assessment for each option needs to considered given the many years that has lapsed since previous options were considered and the population and transport pollution and accessibility has substantially deteriorated,’’ he said.

‘‘Badgerys Creek airport would present unique pollution factors that will  add to the already adverse general health standards of the general public in western Sydney.

‘‘With increased traffic congestion and airport pollution this will significantly deteriorate health standards of western Sydney residents.

‘‘Road and rail infrastructure must be fully assessed and be built prior to the construction of any airport site that is chosen.

‘‘ If Badgerys Creek is the selected site, then the equivalent curfew to Mascot must be maintained.’’

Mr Husic said a 24-hour international airport operating at Badgerys Creek would be the ultimate insult to the residents of west and south-west Sydney.

“Whether you like the idea of a second airport or not, imposing a 24-hour operation on west and south-west Sydney residents is nothing short of a slap in the face,” Mr Husic said.

‘‘Further, the government clearly lied to the people of western Sydney when it said in January this year that the Coalition has absolutely no plans for a second airport at Badgerys Creek.

“West and south-west Sydney are growing rapidly in the way of housing, so to slap an airport in the middle of where you are wanting young families to live is insulting and pointless.’’

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