24-hour proposal 'slap in the face' for residents

MANY community leaders in Blacktown are opposed to the proposed second Sydney international airport at Badgerys Creek.

They include Blacktown councillor Stephen Bali and Chifley federal MP Ed Husic.

Cr Bali sent an open letter to Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss after the minister told ABC 7.30 on Monday that Badgerys Airport must have 24 hour airport services if Sydney is to be a world-class city.

Mr Truss also said that a second major airport in Sydney should be up and running well before the 2027 target date set by some advocates of a Badgerys Creek airport.

Cr Bali said the proposed Badgerys Creek airport should not be the only option for consideration and that a range of alternatives should be considered by the federal government.

He wants the government to identify the size and scope of the proposed airport, as well as the Mascot expansion option for a proper assessment can be undertaken.

"Environment Impact Assessment (EIS) for each option needs to considered given the many years that has lapsed since previous options were considered and the population and transport pollution and accessibility has substantially deteriorated," he said.

"Badgerys Creek airport would present unique pollution factors that will add to the already adverse general health standards of the general public in western Sydney.

"With increased traffic congestion and airport pollution this will significantly deteriorate health standards of western Sydney residents.

"Road and rail infrastructure must be fully assessed and be built prior to the construction of any airport site that is chosen.

"Whether you like the idea of a second airport or not, imposing a 24-hour operation on west and south-west Sydney residents is nothing short of a slap in the face."

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