Air­port not needed

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FEEDBACK -

ON THE is­sue of Western Syd­ney Air­port; where do you stand?

It is dif­fi­cult to be­come overly in­volved in this is­sue as the first planes im­pact­ing on us are still about 10 years away.

But imag­ine this. A neigh­bour liv­ing 100m down the street, at 10pm starts his lawn­mower. With the en­gine run­ning, he pushes his 70dB mower along the street to your home; he re­turns to his home and then turns the en­gine off.

But then, at ir­reg­u­lar in­ter­vals over the next seven hours, the neigh­bour re­peats his noc­tur­nal phan­tom mow­ing ex­er­cise an­other 12 times.

Out­raged by this il­le­gal “dis­tur­bance of the peace”? But le­gal for air­craft land­ing and depart­ing at the pro­posed Badgerys Creek air­port.

The re­cently re­leased flight paths and noise en­velopes (part of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Im­pact State- ment doc­u­ments) show that res­i­dents will be im­pacted any­time, all day and all night.

For air­craft tak­ing off to the north, Ersk­ine Park will be blasted at 75 to 80dB; St Marys, St Clair, Colyton, Mt Druitt and Rooty Hill will have ex­ces­sive noise at 70 to 75dB and north of Mt Druitt 65 to 70dB, through to Rich­mond 60 to 65dB.

Air­craft about to land will clus­ter to the west over the Grose Val­ley, be fun­nelled over Spring­wood/Blax­land, to then land at Badgerys Creek from north or south of the air­port.

Sim­i­lar dB val­ues will ap­ply as above for in­com­ing air­craft close to the air­port, with air­craft over Spring­wood/Blax­land and across Emu Plains, Pen­rith and Kingswood all ex­pe­ri­enc­ing 60 to 65dB.

I do not re­call Badgerys Creek air­port be­ing an agenda is­sue in the last fed­eral elec­tion.

The Ab­bott Gov­ern­ment pro­gressed this mat­ter with­out a man- date; but which lob­by­ists, mer­chant bankers and stake­hold­ers have ex­er­cised such in­flu­ence?

This is a po­lit­i­cal is­sue. Only po­lit­i­cal stress ap­plied to MPs seek­ing re-elec­tion, in all elec­torates af­fected by the “dump­ing of (in­clud­ing overnight) air­craft noise in Western Syd­ney”, the mid and lower Blue Moun­tains, will de­flate War­ren Truss’s bal­loon.

Syd­ney’s Kings­ford Smith Air­port, de­spite op­er­at­ing as a night cur­few air­port, is well be­low ca­pac­ity.

Given mod­ern 21st cen­tury fast trains link­ing Bris­bane, Syd­ney, Can­berra and Mel­bourne and re­gional ar­eas along the route, Badgerys Creek air­port should never be needed.

JON RICKARD,

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