I am still very concerned at the lack of detail provided to our community about the Badgery's Creek Airport proposal.
When the proposal was first put forward by the Abbott Government & supported by the Baird State Government, NSW Labor offered bi-partisan support that was conditional upon the following critical factors:
1. An updated (and independent) environmental impact statement;
2. Information provided to the public about curfews;
3. Information provided to the public about flight paths and noise;
4. More information required about employment opportunities and infrastructure with rail in-built as part of the design process.
These conditions have not yet been met. Consequently, I remain sceptical about offering my support to the entire proposal.
Furthermore, a potential obstacle has re-emerged in the form of our Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage listing under threat from UNESCO.
I await further details from the Abbott Government about these important factors before giving my support to any airport proposal.
In the meantime, it is important to remember that - as a decision within the remit of the Federal Parliament - this is something for which the Member for Macquarie, Louise Markus MP, must take responsibility.
I hope and expect that as our local Member in the Federal Parliament, Mrs Markus will communicate with the Blue Mountains community about the impacts arising from her government's decision to go ahead with Badgerys Creek.