A NEW campaign to commit to Badgerys Creek for Sydney's second airport has taken flight, raising concern among residents about potential jet fuel contamination in local food supplies.
The south-west has been widely referred to as Sydney's food bowl, with one of the nation's largest poultry farmers located just kilometres from the proposed airport site. The rural suburbs that surround Badgerys Creek are also home to fruit and vegetable producers, as well as cattle farmers.
The renewed campaign for Badgerys Creek airport is the result of a new report released by the Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF), which details the need for urgent action and cites a three-stage plan to cater for Sydney's growing aviation needs.
Bringelly resident Pauline Rowe, who has fought hard against the proposed airport, said the real concerns continue to be ignored.
Ms Rowe lives in the path of the runway and, apart from the threat of her home being demolished, she said the environmental and ecological impacts of building an airport next door to Australia's "food bowl" would have a devastating effect on local producers.