Responding to the latest round of arguments about a second Sydney airport the Greens have raised concerns that any airport at Badgerys Creek would dump more of Sydney’s transport mismanagement problems on the people of western Sydney.
Greens Hughes candidate Signe Westerberg said: “Badgerys Creek Airport has become a political football to get Labor and Liberal politicians through another election.
“Another election and another non-solution for Sydney Airport is no way to bring more jobs to western Sydney.
“If Badgerys Creek Airport was ever built local residents would be exposed to excessive noise levels and transport congestion. We know these problems make life tough for people around Sydney Airport.
“The South West and to some extent the North West growth centres would be under a Badgerys Creek flight path. Hundreds of thousands of people would be exposed to excessive aircraft noise.
“If an airport was built in Sydney’s west it would most likely operate 24 hours a day so the noise burden would be greater than that at Sydney Airport.
"Airport planning has been a saga of mismanagement,” Ms Westerberg said.
Greens transport spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said: "The Federal Labor and Coalition governments have ruled out Badgerys Creek as an airport site in the past and the speculation this suburb is back under consideration looks like more game playing.
“The federal government should put in place a process to identify a site to relocate Sydney Airport outside of the Sydney Airshed Basin and ensure the new airport is linked to Sydney and other centres by High Speed Rail.
"Enormous economic benefits and jobs growth would be achieved by relocating Sydney Airport and linking the new site with High Speed Rail.
“Airport relocation is being taken up in other cities. London Mayor Boris Johnson is backing the relocation of Heathrow.
"Oslo, Athens, Bangkok and Hong Kong have successfully relocated urban airports to outside their busy cities. With political will, Sydney can do it too," Senator Rhiannon said.
Signe Westerberg 0412 920 057
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