The dispute between the federal and NSW governments over noise levels associated with Badgerys Creek Airport and the fact that unlike Sydney Airport the Western Sydney Airport would operate 24/7 further strengthens the case for this project to be scrapped, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
"The health and well being of residents living in parts of Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains would be impacted by unacceptable levels of noise pollution if Badgerys Creek Airport was built," Senator Rhiannon said.
"The push by the Urban Taskforce for more housing close to the new airport site and the failure of the Baird government to rule out changing the noise guidelines reveals that the interests of developers are being put before residents.
"Western Sydney has been turned into a developers' dreamland with the weakened NSW planning laws. With thousands of new homes on the drawing board developers don't want to lose that advantage and are fighting to stop any new noise restrictions.
"Developers through their peak group, the Urban Taskforce, and their backers in the NSW government effectively reject what are already inadequate noise standards proposed for Badgerys Creek Airport.
"Badgerys Creek Airport should not be approved. A High Speed Rail needs to be fast tracked," Senator Rhiannon said.
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