Mayor furious over airport

FAIRFIELD mayor Frank Carbone has lashed out at the federal government's decision to position Sydney's second airport at Badgerys Creek, saying his community will be adversely affected.

"They have announced an airport without having any consultation with the community about the impacts it will have," he said.

Councillor Carbone said one of his biggest concerns was the airport's environmental impact statement (EIS), which was 16 years old.

"Since that time, our community has changed and progressed so there needs to be a new EIS," Cr Carbone said.

Cr Carbone said while the airport would create more jobs, he was "firmly" against it because it was set to operate 24 hours and without a curfew.

"If it's not good enough for people living out in Sydney then it's certainly not good enough for people living in western Sydney," Cr Carbone said.

He was also worried about the airport being used as a cargo airport, as well as a dumping ground for flights arriving in the early morning and late nights, which couldn't land at Kingsford Smith Airport.

"All they have announced is a place on the map," he said. "They haven't spoken about funding it. That will mean that the private sector will have to run it and to make it feasible, it will have to run 24 hours [a day] because why would international passengers want to land at Badgerys Creek when they can land at Kingsford Smith?"

Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed last Tuesday that the second airport for Sydney would be built in Badgerys Creek.

Construction is expected to begin in 2016.

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