Airport fight continues

The campaign against an airport at Badgerys Creek is taking flight.

Blacktown Labor Councillor Stephen Bali (pictured) is the treasurer of the newly formed No Badgerys Creek Airport Inc (NBCA).

Blacktown District Environment Group secretary Wayne Olling is also part of the group and a website will soon be created.

It comes after federal Chifley MP Ed Husic was kicked out of parliament’s federation chamber last Thursday for criticising Prime Minister Tony Abbott and stands by his comments.

Blacktown Council is organising a public forum covering both sides of the debate to be held at Bowman Hall in Blacktown on March 11, 7pm.

The NBCA has called on other western Sydney councils to conduct a debate in their own communities and have representatives from all sides at the open forums.

‘‘Our aim is to give a voice to the ‘‘no’’ case for an airport at Badgerys Creek,’’ Councillor Bali told the Sun.

‘‘At the moment, there’s far too much in favour of the airport. The argument about job, jobs jobs is too simplistic. It’s very important that environmental factors are considered, such as air pollution. noise and quality of life. If an airport does go ahead, there needs to be a group that holds these issues to account.’’

He encouraged Blacktown residents to attend next month’s forum.

‘‘I’d encourage them to keep an open mind,’’ Councillor Bali said.

‘‘The airport argument has been around for 30 years but there’s a very real proposition on the table this time. Once an airport is built, we can’t go back.’’

Those keen to join the group should email stephen.bali@blacktown.nsw.gov.au.

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