‘Equality’ at heart of curfew
Couple willing to purchase land to ensure pathway closed off
A PETITION calling for a curfew on flights at the Badgerys Creek airport is about equity, according to Blacktown Council.
Mayor Stephen Bali is campaigning for time restrictions at the second Sydney airport and has started a change.org petition.
“If one class of people (those living under Sydney and Adelaide airport flight paths) deserve curfew protection, then so do those living under the likely effects of Badgerys Creek (airport),” Cr Bali said.
“We all believe in equality and that’s all we are asking for — that the same operating conditions be applied.
“The people of Western Sydney are not second-class citizens and they do not deserve second-class treatment. It’s all about equity and a fair go for the west.”
The Sydney Airport Curfew Act 1995 restricts air traffic at the Mascot hub between 11pm and 6am.
The online petition is addressed to the federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and NSW Premier Mike Baird.
As of 12.15pm on Monday, the petition had amassed 250 signatures with a goal of 500.
“Noise from aircraft is a significant issue,” Cr Bali said.
“Whether someone is for or against the airport, surely we all agree those living under the proposed flight paths need the internationally accepted standards of protection.” IN THE two decades they’ve lived in Plumpton, the Drew family has seen and heard it all in the laneway next to their house – and now they’ve had enough.
The lane between Perrin Ave and Hyatts Rd, Plumpton, is used by people to drink, smoke, swear, fight and even set fences on fire.
Kim Drew, 51, said she had seen two generations of people use the laneway for hiding bad behaviour and violence, and she found it very disturbing right next to her home.
“There is physical viol- ence,” she said. “High school kids get stuck into each other and once my husband actually had to protect a kid himself.”
Ms Drew said their fence also had been set on fire.
A person walking past the lane to pick her children up from nearby Plumpton High School saw it was on fire and ran to Ms Drew’s front door to alert her.
“I happened to be sick in bed and it was really lucky I was home that day,” Ms Drew said.
She said schoolchildren hung out in the laneway during the day, out of sight of the school, and other peo- ple came past at night and on the weekends.
“They scream, music, swear and around,” she said.
“We’ve had graffiti down there plenty of times; we’d have to get crews to come through and clean it up.
“And just the amount of rubbish ... we’ll call council to come and clean the laneway when it’s too bad.”
Other times, the family has seen syringes they assume have been used for taking drugs.
Ms Drew’s husband Kevin, 52, said the neighbour on the other side was going to sell to get away play run from the lane – their fence had been set on fire too.
Now Ms Drew said they also were considering moving from the home they’ve lived in since they were young adults if the lane wasn’t closed.
“It’s just gotten to the point now where it’s enough,” she said.
“We are actually thinking of moving out after 20-odd years – we bought the house brand new 25 years ago.”
The Drews had asked for the lane to closed when a council letter was sent around, asking neighbours their opinion of it. But Ms Drew said nothing came of it and now they would consider more drastic options.
“I’d be willing to purchase the land so people can’t get through there,” she said.
“I’d fence it if we bought it. When we started seeing (council) close off all the other lanes, we thought ‘Great, it’s going to happen for ours’ but it hasn’t happened. There hasn’t been any luck for us.”
Blacktown Council hasn’t yet responded to questions.
Kim and Kevin Drew want the laneway next to their Plumpton house closed and (inset) their fence was set on fire recently. Picture: Justin Sanson