Mayor condemns Federal Government approval of Western Sydney Airport at Badgery's Creek
Blue Mountains Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill has condemned the Australian Government approval of Western Sydney Airport at Badgery’s Creek, announced today.
“Astonishingly, the Minister for Environment and Energy has approved an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for an airport with unknown flight paths”, said Mayor Greenhill. “How is this even possible? It is ridiculous in the extreme.
The Blue Mountains and Western Sydney communities have no accurate information on the noise and other impacts of the flight paths. That is because there are no flight paths.”
“Further, I do not support the claim by the Australian Government that it has undertaken a thorough and rigorous review of the EIS and draft Airport Plan with consideration to issues important to the community.
The final EIS reflects little material change in response to the recommendations made by Council and others.”
The Mayor said that the fundamental concerns of the Council and the community with the EIS have been ignored, including the aircraft noise, air quality and greenhouse gases, human health, traffic and transport, airport precinct, airspace architecture and operation, landscape and visual amenity, consultation process, social and economic matters and the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
“This is despite the fact that the Australian Government received 4,975 submissions on the draft EIS of which 80% came from the Blue Mountains Local Government Area”, he said.
“The voice of the community remains loud and clear in its opposition to the airport proposal.”
“In my view, the final EIS was a con job and ignores the majority view of the community. It was strong on rhetoric and short on facts.
The World Heritage Area listing is not guaranteed. The tourism economy of the Blue Mountains, and indeed NSW, is also at stake. This is aside from the extensive impact on residential communities affected by a Western Sydney Airport at Badgery’s Creek.
This is simply not good enough for the most significant proposal affecting the liveability of Western Sydney for the next Century.”