City under new 24-hour airport flight paths

Mayor Frank Carbone in Fairfield. Picture: Wesley Lonergan
Mayor Frank Carbone in Fairfield. Picture: Wesley Lonergan

FAIRFIELD Council has reiterated its stance against having a second airport at Badgerys Creek.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone (pictured right) said the city would be adversely affected if the project took flight.

"The council is against it because the current studies that are available are 20-years-old," he said.

"We also believe that the community should be consulted about the impacts this airport will bring."

Cr Carbone said while the council was not against a second airport, among its biggest concerns were the runway pointing towards Fairfield, which he says would generate extra traffic, noise and pollution in the area, as well as being a 24-hour airport.

"If it's not good enough for Sydney airport to be operating 24-hours a day then why will it be good enough for Badgerys Creek?" he said.

"The impacts should be considered on the basis that we now have Bankstown Airport wanting to expand, which will have noise impacts on the east side of our community, and then Badgerys Creek Airport which will go ahead and operate 24-hours a day — bringing impacts across the whole city."

He said the runway at Badgerys Creek pointing towards Fairfield also meant the flight path would be directly above Fairfield city.

"If they turned the runway to face Liverpool then we would be happy to support it," Cr Carbone said.

He said another concern was the amount of money allocated to build the airport.

"They haven't allocated the funding to match the announcement," Cr Carbone said. "They've only allocated $250 million, but it's going to cost billions of dollars to build."

Cr Carbone said if the federal cabinet signed-off on the project this week, the council would survey community views on the second airport.

Airport timeline:

April 1964: The state government and then civil aviation authority considers the need for a second Sydney airport.

1965: A federal government report recommended identifying a site for a second Sydney airport.

1969: A federal government study recommends Badgerys Creek and 10 other potential sites.

1979: Joint government study recommends third runway and second airport at Badgerys Creek, if needed.

1985: New proposed sites at Badgerys Creek and Wilton.

1986: Badgerys Creek announced as the site of the second airport.

1989: Decision to build third runway and Badgerys Creek announced.

1990: Study finds second airport unviable, work at Badgerys Creek starts.

1995: Environment impact statement on Badgerys Creek announced, federal budget provides $610 million for work, Qantas resists move to Badgerys Creek, funding for airport becomes unavailable.

1996: Environment impact statement on Badgerys Creek ordered, $132 million has been spent on land acquisition, government sells land near Badgerys Creek.

1997: Airlines lobby federal government to abandon project.

1998: Federal and state Labor MPs form Labor Against Badgerys group.

2012: A report finds Badgerys Creek was the best site for a second airport.


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