Coun­cil vows to re­main firm

CON­CERNS OVER PRO­POSED FLIGHT PATHS

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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

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