Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has called on the NSW and federal governments to back the relocation of Sydney Airport and to work together to identify a replacement airport site outside the Sydney Basin taking into account stringent social and environmental criteria.
"The public does not want another round of federal and state bickering over a second Sydney airport," Senator Rhiannon said.
"There is an increasing international trend for airports to be moved out of built up areas. Athens, Oslo and Hong Kong have opted for relocation and recorded positive benefits.
"The NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell's position of no second airport, while being better than that of the federal Labor and Coalitionnparties that are united in backing an additional airport, is still deficient. A replacement airport linked with High Speed Rail is the way forward.
"The Premier should now step into the leadership vacuum on airport sites and publicly support the call for airport relocation rather than duplication.
"Transport Minister Anthony Albanese has failed to show leadership on the airport debate, or to act on behalf of his constituents who suffer excessive noise pollution because of their proximity to Sydney Airport.
"It is disappointing that after five years as Transport Minister the best Mr Albanese can come up with is to resurrect the failed plan of a second airport at Wilton. Local opposition to the Wilton site is growing.
"By now the federal government should have had a process in place to identify a relocation airport site and been well down the track in finding a site.
"Moving Sydney Airport is the option to deal with the problems of noise, air pollution and crash risk over built up areas," Senator Rhiannon said.