Residents pay for noise

Soundproof: Horsley Park's Annette Mifsud, her family and neighbours are upset they may be forced to insulate their homes after it was announced Sydney's second airport will be built at Badgerys Creek. Picture: Anna Warr

Soundproof: Horsley Park's Annette Mifsud, her family and neighbours are upset they may be forced to insulate their homes after it was announced Sydney's second airport will be built at Badgerys Creek. Picture: Anna Warr

HORSLEY Park residents wanting to rebuild or renovate their homes will be forced to insulate them to meet new acoustic standards following a recent decision of Fairfield Council.

The council approved the mandatory requirements after the federal government's endorsement of Badgerys Creek as the site for Sydney's second airport.

Councillors agreed the compulsory requirements be included in its Development Control Plan (DCP), in a bid to lessen the effects of future aircraft noise.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said residents would be forced to pay thousands of dollars to insulate their homes, a cost he believes the federal government should be paying.

"Here we are again, the poor people of Horsley Park," he said.

"One day they have to put in acoustic windows, then it was taken away, now it's back.

"Residents will now have to spend thousands of dollars upgrading their houses, even though the airport is like 10 years away.

"Will the government help residents and pay for the insulation?

"They are putting planes over their heads, that's the least they could do."

Horsley Park resident Annette Mifsud was outraged with the new measures and also called on the federal government to pay for the upgrades.

"Residents should not be forced to pay for insulation," she said.

"The government should be paying for it like they paid for insulation in homes around Sydney airport.

"But they won't do it because they don't care about the people in western Sydney."

A spokesman for Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister Warren Truss said: "Any possible insulation arrangements for houses around the Badgerys Creek site would be considered as part of the noise management plan for the airport."

Councillors agreed to adopt the interim policy and amend its DCP.

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