Airport, too soon

Airport, too soon

More detail on the scale and the scope of a second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek needs to be put forward before a sound judgment can be made as to whether it will benefit the community, said Penrith mayor Ross Fowler.

"The council cannot take a firm position, and we believe nor can others, until we know what the proposal is. While there would be economic, job and infrastructure benefits to western Sydney with a second airport, we need to ensure the community concerns about air, noise, water and social impacts are addressed."

Right . . . and wrong

Unions NSW Secretary Mark Lennon is right on the growing opposition to Badgerys Creek airport but wrong as to the need for a second airport in Western Sydney, said Blacktown Councillor Stephen Bali.

He has responded to Mr Lennon's comments in a metropolitan newspaper last week.

"We need maturity in this debate and proper community consultation rather than being bullied into having an airport and then dealing with the consequential problems later," Cr Bali said.

"We need vision and a clear strategy for Sydney's second airport - whether in or out of the Sydney basin."

In April, Unions NSW endorsed the support for Badgerys Creek subject to updating the 1997 environmental impact statement, independent community-impact statement into the economic, transport and social consequences and widespread community consultation.

Cr Bali wants to see the new evidence that Unions NSW has found over the past seven months to continue its support for Badgerys Creek airport.

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