Mayor's response to meeting with Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Infrastructure & Regional Infrastructure, Hon. Warren Truss, MP.
Note: The statement below is a comment by the Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, on meeting with Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Warren Truss on Monday 30 November, regarding draft EIS and Western Sydney Airport Plan, in response to media release issued by Federal Member for Macquarie, Louise Markus.
“Council welcomed the opportunity to meet with the Deputy Prime Minister and the Federal Member for Macquarie, to discuss the significant shortcomings of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Airport. However, we were very disappointed with the lack of assurance from the Minister that he would address the critical concern of our community – the unfair and inequitable flight paths proposed for Western Sydney Airport.
Regrettably, there was no commitment given by the Minister to review the merge point over the lower mountains and the flight paths in general.
We told the Minister that we do not accept that the draft EIS is adequate for a project of this scale. We stressed it was imperative that the Australian Government commit to conducting a rigorous and detailed EIS, particularly given the airport is proposed to be operational 24 hours a day.
Once a second runway is built and passenger numbers peak in years to come, we will be dealing with an airport bigger than Dubai. In addition to raising concerns about the flight path inequity, we also raised our concerns regarding noise and air pollution on the amenity of the Blue Mountains community and the importance of looking more closely at the impacts on our World Heritage Area and National Park – a key driver for the regional economy of the Blue Mountains and the lungs of Sydney.
We told the Minister that the people of Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains deserve better. We believe the most significant proposal affecting the liveability of the Blue Mountains and Western Sydney for the next Century needs to be done properly.”