NOISE NO IS­SUE

AIR­PORT IM­PACT TO BE LOW

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Si­mon Ben­son, Daniel Meers and Ian Pater­son

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.

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