Blue Mountains calls for extension to community consultation on Western Sydney Airport proposal
Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, has expressed his concern at the Australian Government’s apparent refusal to consider an extension to the community consultation period for the Western Sydney Airport draft Airport Plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
“I understand the CEO of Western Sydney Region of Council’s, Mr Charles Casuscelli, was advised by the Office of the Federal Minister for the Environment, the Hon, Greg Hunt MP, that there will be no extension, despite requests from WSROC, Blue Mountains City Council, other Western Sydney councils and the community”, said the Mayor.
“60 days to respond to the EIS isn’t long enough to consider a very lengthy and technically complex document.
Quite frankly, the lack of consultation by the Australian Government is an insult to the Western Sydney community.”
“This is the most significant proposal affecting the liveability of Western Sydney for the next Century”, said the Mayor. “The Australia Government has an obligation to provide comprehensive information and allow a reasonable opportunity for the community to review the information and respond.”
“The airport proposal has extensive flight path activity concentrated over the Blue Mountains with significant impact on our local community and quality of life, the World Heritage Area and tourism economy, and Sydney’s drinking water catchment. The Blue Mountains deserve better.”