The Federal Government's new airport WILL have a huge impact on our lives.
The revelations so far are that there will be no curfew, there will be a concentration of flight path merge points above the lower Mountains, and there will be no rail infrastructure links to alleviate the road congestion exacerbated by the new airport.
The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, must do a better job than he has so far in explaining to our community what the impacts of his airport will be on our area.
One information session is not enough.
Moreover, Mr. Turnbull must take on board the concerns and criticisms raised through the public consultation process and he must act on them.
We need to have those who are making these plans and decisions turn up to answer questions at a range of public meetings.
Our community must mobilize to ask these questions and demand straight answers.
Over the past two years I have explained that an airport only had my conditional support if the Abbott/Turnbull Government would:
- release a new and independent Environmental Impact Statement;
- provide the public with information about curfews, flight paths and noise impacts;
- guarantee rail infrastructure and permanent employment opportunities for people in the Blue Mountains & Western Sydney; and
- provide protection for our World Heritage listed National Parks area & surrounds (preferably with a tick of approval from UNESCO)
On the question of 24/7 flights, in my opinion, I don’t think there should be one rule for the city and one rule for the west.
If Mascot is to retain its curfew then the Turnbull Government's new airport should also have a curfew.
The EIS analysis says very little of any substance about the potential impact on the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area of “aircraft overflight” above our National Parks.
Substantial sections of the World Heritage area and Sydney’s drinking water catchment area will be beneath the new flight paths, so the EIS must address what needs to be done to protect these areas instead of pretending that because the proposed flight paths are “indicative only” it can’t thoroughly analyse those impacts.
We should not have to wait until the airport is up and running to start looking at the environmental impacts – these concerns need to be investigated and addressed now.
I would encourage concerned members of our community to contact our Federal MP, Louise Markus, and make her aware of your views.
Mrs Markus does not live in the electorate she represents.
The proposed flight paths don’t go anywhere near her home in Riverstone.
In fact, when you check her neighbourhood in the Noise Modelling tool on the Western Sydney Airport’s own website, the noise and flight data comes up as N/A or ZERO.
We must let Mrs Markus know what we think of her plan to build an airport on our doorstep.
As a proud member of the Blue Mountains Conservation Society, I would encourage people to also make use of the information provided on their website and Facebook page AND get involved in this campaign.
Our next step is important: work together as a community in the fight for changes to some of these ludicrous proposals.
Let the voices of the Blue Mountains be heard!