Airport not needed
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.