Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Pie in the Sky Airport Approval

“Minister Josh Frydenburg’s announced conditions for Badgerys Creek Airport are weak.  If adopted, the proposed conditions create a “plan for an airport plan” that will be developed by the ‘seat of the pants’ method,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness said.

“For example, the proposed conditions state ‘Airspace and flight path design must explicitly consider whether arrangements are required for managing Aircraft Overflight Noise at night’.  The airport developer is not obliged to meet a night time aircraft noise standard.  Instead this proposed condition is an open invitation for the airport developer to put up a case against managing aircraft overflight noise at night”, said Mr Muir.

“The proposed consent conditions do not establish standards that protect the World Heritage Area or residents,” he said.

“The proposed conditions are as bad as the worst Part 3A concept plan ever developed in NSW, where outcomes and design flip-flopped all over the place creating anger and confusion in the community,” Mr Muir said.

Public inquiry needed

“The proposed Badgerys Creek Airport needs for a public inquiry process to get certainty into protection measures for the World Heritage Area and the community”, said Mr Muir.

“This consent is a leap into the dark.  It’s the old trust us approach.  The community should mistrust the proposed deferral of the key issues of airspace design, noise and air quality considerations till later, as the proposed conditions do not create a framework of environmental performance measures”, Mr Muir said. 

“The proposed adaptive regulatory environment is designed to accommodate the changing needs of the airport developer, not the World Heritage Area and the community,” he said.

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