NOISE NO ISSUE
AIRPORT IMPACT TO BE LOW
RESIDENTS in the Mt Druitt and St Marys areas will not need insulation to protect them from any noise generated by the planned Badgerys Creek airport, a report into the precinct says.
According to the environmental impact statement into the airport, Western Sydney residents will not need special assistance to cope with noise, unlike residents near Sydney Airport.
About 48,000 people will experience more than five “events” at night when noise goes above 60 decibels, equivalent to a noisy office.
During the day, about 1500 people will be affected on more than five occasions when decibel levels will go above 70 – similar to a car driving past.
“Maximum noise levels due to more common aircraft types, such as Airbus A320 or equivalent, are predicted to be lower at just 60-70 decibels in built-up areas around St Marys and Erskine Park, and over 70 in some adjacent areas to the southwest,” the report said.
We are satisfied the noise impacts on Western Sydney will not be such that they will require discomfort to the people of region. – WARREN TRUSS
A spokesperson from Rodney Stevens Acoustics told The Standard this approach to noise was too simple.
“You can’t simply compare road traffic noise and aircraft noise, it is too simplistic to say an aircraft will only be 70 (decibles). It depends on the type of aircraft, its distance from the house compared to the runway, its trajectory and the height the aircraft is travelling at”. However, Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss said: “There is no house in the Western Sydney airport area that will be exposed to noise equivalent to houses in Sydney and Adelaide that had to be insulated.
“We are satisfied the noise impacts on Western Sydney will not be such that they will require discomfort to the people of the region.”
He said the noise in the Penrith CBD area would be the same as “a passenger car”.
Lindsay federal Liberal MP Fiona Scott urged residents to have a thorough look through the EIS report.
“This is an important project with some enormous potential benefits for our region,” she said. “However, we need to get it right.”
By 2030, 10 million passen- gers a year are predicted to use the airport, rising to 82 million by 2063.
Up to 800 jobs will be generated during the first stage of construction and 3200 direct jobs will be created by the end of construction.
Between 2016 and 2024, construction will provide 8000 indirect jobs in Western Sydney.
By 2031, the airport is expected to employ 8730 peo- ple. By 2063, it will employ 61,500.
The public exhibition period for the EIS closes on Friday, December 18. It can be viewed at westernsydneyairport.gov.au.