Air noise ‘shoddy deal’ for residents

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

CHIFLEY fed­eral La­bor MP Ed Hu­sic has de­scribed the cur­rent pro­posal for air­craft noise man­age­ment at the pro­posed western Sydney air­port as “a shoddy deal”.

The fi­nal en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact state­ment re­leased on Thurs­day recommended head to head flights be­tween 11pm and 6am and ad­vised against a sin­gle merge point over res­i­den­tial ar­eas to re­duce the noise.

Mr Hu­sic (pic­tured) ar­gued that the sur­round­ing sub­urbs were still sub­ject to con­stant air­craft noise be­cause the air­port would have un­capped flights and no cur­few.

“The residents around Sydney air­port won’t even al­low an in­crease of five planes per hour to their cap yet western Sydney is sub­ject to an un­lim­ited num­ber of planes fly­ing over­head,” Mr Hu­sic said.

“It’s time to stop giv­ing western Sydney a shoddy deal. This pro­posal is fun­da­men­tally un­fair and shouldn’t go ahead.”

Fed­eral Ur­ban In­fra­struc­ture Min­is­ter Paul Fletcher said the govern­ment had taken the com­mu­nity’s con­cerns into con­sid­er­a­tion.

“We’ve made a num­ber of de­ci­sions de­signed to re­spond to per­fectly un­der­stand­able con­cerns from the com­mu­nity about the im­pacts of the air­port,” Mr Fletcher said.

“What’s in the draft and the fi­nal EIS are in­dica­tive, in­dica­tive only ... The fi­nal flight path mod­el­ling and de­vel­op­ment process will be a lengthy process.

“It in­volves a sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod for com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion as well.”

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