SECOND AIRPORT: Councils react

The Hills Council

Mayor Michelle Byrne said the council’s long-held position was to support the use of the Richmond RAAF base as an interim measure to accommodate low-cost budget airlines while a decision on a second airport was made.

In December, she called for a decision to be made on a second airport at Badgerys Creek during this term of federal government. She was unanimously supported.

Parramatta Council

A council spokesman said the council welcomed progress towards a second airport, and one that was located in western Sydney.

‘‘We believe that it will bring economic benefits and, importantly, jobs that are close to where people live,’’ he said.

Blacktown Council

A spokesman said the council had always opposed an airport at Badgerys Creek.

‘‘There have been no studies about the effect an airport would have on the community since an environmental impact statement was done in 1997.

‘‘If the government proceeds with Badgerys Creek, the council will actively seek to ensure environmental concerns are addressed, and the regional transport infrastructure promised is delivered.’’

Hawkesbury Council

General manager Peter Jackson said the council’s current position was to acknowledge the need that exists for a current Sydney airport and as a matter of policy, identify Badgerys Creek as the most appropriate location.

‘‘In respect of Richmond RAAF Base, the council reiterates that the base continue to operate as a permanent operational facility for defence purposes, with any future use for civil aviation not preventing or hindering this.’’

Penrith Council

Mayor Ross Fowler said it had been intriguing watching the case for Badgerys Creek airport and suggestions it would bring jobs to western Sydney.

‘‘If there is an announcement about Badgerys Creek, we will be looking to the government’s commitment to quality jobs and top transport,’’ he said.

‘‘Any proposal must benefit western Sydney.’’

Fairfield Council

Mayor Frank Carbone said the city would be adversely affected.

‘‘The council is against it because the current studies that are available are 20 years old,’’ he said.

He said the council’s biggest concerns included the runway pointing towards Fairfield, which he says will generate extra traffic, noise and pollution in the area, as well as it being a 24-hour airport.

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