Council vows to remain firm
CONCERNS OVER PROPOSED FLIGHT PATHS
FEDERAL Government leaders have been told Penrith Council would not roll over and shoulder an “unreasonable” burden from the proposed airport at Badgerys Creek.
Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown, Deputy Mayor Ross Fowler and senior staff travelled to Canberra last Wednesday to meet with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss and Lindsay Federal Liberal MP Fiona Scott.
They expressed concerns over proposed flight paths, which Cr McKeown said would be “unreasonably concentrated over Penrith”.
She also opposed the proposal for the airport to operate 24/7, calling for the same curfew as Sydney airport. work out the preferred route and costs of a rail link.
While in Canberra, the Penrith delegation also met with Major Projects Minister Paul Fletcher and Minister for Cities and the Built Environment Jame Briggs.
They told them the 60 days the council and community were given to respond to the draft Environmental Impact Statement was not enough.
Ms Scott said the meetings were “incredibly constructive.” A report on the EIS by independent experts engaged by the council can be found online: penrithcity. nsw.gov.au. To lodge a submission, go to: westernsyd neyairport.gov.au