Western Sydney Airport
Check out this official video impression of Sydney's proposed new airport at Badgerys Creek. Learn what's involved in creating it and how it will look at night with no curfew.
The Blue Mountains Mayor, Mark Greenhill, remains vehemently opposed to its construction. Below is the video Mayor Greenhill put up on YouTube in December, 2013, during the fight over the initial Environmental Impact Statement.
The No Airport Campaign resulted in 5,000 submissions, many complaining about the proposed 'merge point' above the village of Blaxland. With an election looming, the federal Infrastructure Minister, Paul Fletcher, held an urgent media conference in a Blaxland backyard to withdraw the Blaxland merge point. Despite this, the Opposition captured the Federal seat of Blue Mountains at the next election.
To placate future community opposition, the Federal Government has set up a Forum on Western Sydney Airport (FOWSA) to "ensure community's views are taken into account".
Among FOWSA's stated goals are:
- avoiding overflights of residential areas and noise-sensitive facilities as much as possible
- ensuring aircraft arrivals will not converge through a single merge point over any single residential area
- using head-to-head operations to and from the south-west, when it is safe to do so, in order to manage aircraft noise at night
- consulting the community, aerodrome operators and airspace users extensively before referring the final flight path designs to the Environment Minister under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Planning the flight path design is expected to take two years.