Blacktown and Parramatta excluded from Western Sydney Airport flight path decisions

Blacktown has no representation on a panel that will determine the flight paths of Western Sydney Airport.

A Forum on Western Sydney Airport (FOWSA) has been formed as the key communication channel for community engagement, particularly on airspace and flight path design.

Residents and politicians are incensed that there are no local, state or federal politicians for Blacktown on the panel.

No Badgery’s Creek Airport president Andrea Grieve said it “defies logic” that residents of Blacktown and Parramatta councils are not represented.

"That means 800,000 people or 40 per cent of western Sydney with no voice. It's absolutely disgusting,” Ms Grieve said.

“By not giving any representation, the only implication you can take is that those areas are going to be the ones that bear the brunt of the flight paths. There is no other explanation.

“It is a social injustice."

The draft plans in the airport’s environmental impact statement (EIS) show aircraft could fly as low as 2500 feet over Blacktown.

OVERHEAD NOISE: Draft modelling of the Western Sydney Airport flight paths. The red and maroon lines are departures for runway 05 and 23 respectively, and the blue lines are arrivals.

OVERHEAD NOISE: Draft modelling of the Western Sydney Airport flight paths. The red and maroon lines are departures for runway 05 and 23 respectively, and the blue lines are arrivals.

Stephen Bali applied to be on the FOWSA panel both in his role as Blacktown mayor and Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils president.

He said he was pleased to see Penrith mayor John Thain on the panel but “very disappointed” with most of the selections, calling it a "nodding dog parade” and a "cheer squad".

"Politics needs to be really put aside,” Cr Bali said. "This was an opportunity for FOWSA to really have a great leap forward in bringing people from all beliefs and expectations of the airport into one room.

“If the federal government wants to ostracise people that speak passionately about the challenges the airport has, then all they’re going to end up with is people that are prepared to compromise too much.”

Chifley MP Ed Husic said he was “very disappointed" by the lack of Blacktown representation considering the Sydney Airport Community Forum includes people concerned about impact of that airport on their community.

“Yet again, another double standard: the west is refused the same deal and protections enjoyed by those in east Sydney,” he said.

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