Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Badgerys Creek Airport draft EIS - 24 hour operation means noise and air pollution for Western Sydney

“The proposed Badgerys Creek Airport draft environmental impact statement has confirmed a 24-hour a day operation and that means a lower quality of life for the people of Western Sydney”, said Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness.

“The people living in suburbs east of Parramatta have the fresh air and an aircraft curfew.  Those living west of Blacktown and Liverpool will not.  The noise from 24-hour-a-day airport operation will cause sleep interruption for many people and the road traffic associated with the proposed airport will create unacceptable levels of smog,” Mr Muir said.

“To be fair, the people who live in the eastern half of Sydney should get the 24 hours a day airport, as the existing airport can disperse its air pollution, whereas a Western Sydney airport, jammed up against the Blue Mountains cannot,” Mr Muir said.

“The environmental assessment for the airport recognised that Western Sydney will have unacceptable levels of ozone-based air pollution[i],” he said.

“The expected high ozone levels will correlate with hospital admissions for respiratory illnesses, asthma and increased mortality.  The proposed Badgerys Creek airport will deliver to Western Sydney worse air pollution due to associated vehicular traffic”, said Mr Muir.

“The EIS also confirms that aircraft and noise will funnelled to the Springwood district and southern parts of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.  Although the aircraft are relatively high, the natural quiet of the World Heritage Area has not been adequately protected.  If the wilderness becomes polluted with aircraft noise, then there is nowhere left to go”, he said.

For more information contact: Keith Muir, 0412 791 404 (mob)


[i] Page 53 Executive Summary – Badgerys Creek Draft EIS.