Residents apprehensive about airport impact 

SOKAIYA Ramasamy had been looking forward to a quiet retirement in his new home in Oran Park, but his dream may be jeopardised by the construction of an airport in nearby Badgerys Creek.

Mr Ramasamy and his wife Santha moved into their new home, which is located about 15 kilometres from the proposed airport site — in one of the first new suburbs to built as part of the south-west growth centre development — two weeks ago.

They said when they heard that the airport may go ahead after 30 years of debate, they had mixed feelings.

"Hopefully if it goes ahead it won't be noisy, we are concerned about that," Mrs Ramasamy said.

"And we do hope there won't be dust and fumes here, but at this stage it's hard to tell whether it will really impact on us."

Mr Ramasamy retired three weeks ago and said he had hoped the area would be a peaceful place to retire.

"But maybe it will make our house value go up because it will be so close," Mr Ramasamy said.

"It will make it more convenient when we need to travel overseas too, because we won't have to drive to Mascot."

Wendy Polver said she "wasn't too impressed" to hear that the airport could be going ahead because she was building a house in Oran Park after living under the Bankstown airport flight path in her former house in Chipping Norton.

"There was constant noise from that and this airport will be much bigger than that because it will be a full-sized airport with commercial flights," Ms Polver said.

Fellow Oran Park resident Bonita Hansen said she and her husband had taken their children to a protest against the airport when it was first proposed.

"I remember that very well and our children were little, they're adults now, so it's been a very long time," Mrs Hansen said.

"I'm not as concerned about it now, because Oran Park won't be in the flight path if they go along with the plans they had before."

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