Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Badgerys Creek Airport - a Tale of Two Cities

“The proposed Badgerys Creek Airport is becoming a tale of two cities with design rules for the proposed
Badgerys Creek Airport set to lower living standards for Western Sydney”, said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

“The proposed airport will create living conditions that would be considered intolerable if imposed on the more affluent eastern suburbs with its fresh air and aircraft curfew.  The noise from 24-hour-a-day airport operation will cause sleep interruption for many hundreds of thousands of people and the associated road traffic will create unacceptable levels of smog,” Mr Muir said.

“Mr Chris Brown currently chairperson of the Western Sydney Leadership Forum and until 2011 director of the powerful lobby group the Tourism and Transport Forum wants no aircraft curfew for the proposed airport [Daily Telegraph, 18 march, 2015].  Such a design standard would be grossly unfair to the people of Western Sydney as it will impose bad living conditions on them,” Mr Muir said.

“In 1999, the previous environmental assessment for the airport recognised that Western Sydney already experiences unacceptable levels of ozone-based air pollution when air is trapped and recirculated in the Sydney Basin,” he said.

“High ozone levels correlate with hospital admissions for respiratory illnesses, asthma and increased mortality and the proposed Badgerys Creek airport will deliver to Western Sydney worse air pollution due to associated vehicular traffic”, said Mr Muir.

“Aircraft noise concerns by Opposition Leader, Luke Foley, echoed today by Mayor of Blacktown, Stephen Bali, are aimed squarely at the threat posed to the Western Sydney community from a 24 hour a day operation of the proposed Badgerys Creek airport.

“These aircraft noise concerns will inevitably lead to aircraft being diverted over the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.  People will stop visiting the Blue Mountains if this tourist destination becomes degraded by aircraft noise. The natural quiet of the World Heritage Area must be protected”, he said.

For more information contact: Keith Muir, (02) 9261 2400 (wk) or 0412 791 404 (mob)