Badgerys must have same curfew as Sydney airport — MPs

Western Sydney MPs want a curfew at Sydney’s proposed second airport at Badgerys Creek if federal cabinet approves the long-awaited project.

Mitchell MP Alex Hawke is one of a number of MPs who support a second airport at Badgerys Creek, only if  an 11pm to 6am curfew is in place, as at Sydney’s existing airport, Kingsford-Smith.

‘‘My electorate is affected like everywhere else,’’ Mr Hawke said. 

‘‘But I’m supporting the construction of a second airport as long as we are getting the same treatment as Kingsford-Smith.’’

Labor MPs Ed Husic and Michelle Rowland also support a curfew.

‘‘For the business figures fighting against having a curfew at Badgerys, I suspect these people being quoted on a daily basis don’t even live in western Sydney — or wouldn’t be prepared to cop a lifting of the curfew at Sydney because it would affect their own quality of life,’’ Mr Husic said.

‘‘The bottom line is that you simply couldn’t have one section of Sydney benefit from a curfew while the other side of Sydney suffers without one.’’

Ms Rowland said a 24-hour airport would have a bigger negative impact on the residents of western Sydney.

‘‘If a second airport at Badgerys Creek was to go ahead, it would be fundamentally unfair on western Sydney residents for it to be 24 hours, especially as Kingsford-Smith isn’t 24 hours,’’ she said.

However, western Sydney director of the Sydney Business Chamber David Borger said he would like to see more information made available to communities about how night-time restrictions could be structured and how the airport would operate during those times. 

‘‘The majority of Australian airports don’t have curfews for example Brisbane, Tullamarine and Perth,’’ Mr Borger said.

“Badgerys Creek airport will be completely different to the experience around Sydney airport.

‘‘We need the latest information about the potential operation and noise contours of Badgerys Creek before we start ruling things in and out.’’




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