Jackie Kelly to run in the 2015 State election in the seat of Penrith

It is official Jackie Kelly is running for the seat of Penrith at the 2015 State election.

Jackie served as the Federal Member for Lindsay from 1996-2007. As the local Federal member for the Penrith area she opposed an airport at Badgerys Creek (in the Penrith local government area) and was instrumental in John Howard’s decision to cancel the airport project in 2004. She has been campaigning with anti-airport protesters since Tony Abbott announced in April this year that construction on an airport at Badgerys Creek would commence before the next Federal election.

‘The next State election is the first opportunity to vote on the airport. The local Penrith community can tell the various developer lobby groups running the Liberal Party that they cannot run rough shod over Western Sydney residents in order to keep their inner city mates happy.’ Jackie Kelly said.

‘How come Mascot has the Sydney Airport Act which provides for a curfew at Mascot between 11pm and 6am?  It also provides for a maximum of 80 planes per hour at Mascot with heavy penalties for exceeding that. It also provides for a community agreed long term operating plan that shares the pain of noise pollution over all Sydney residents. How come there is no mention of making it the Sydney Airports Act and including Badgerys Creek in this legislation to give Western Sydney residents the same protection as Hunters Hill and Marrickville residents?’  

How come the alignment of the runways is not public knowledge? Will we be told at the last minute Option C is what the winning tenderer wants and then have the fake community consultation by RMS as we did over the South West Rail Link train line and M9 routes.’

‘If the State Government was serious about jobs then get on with the Broader Western Sydney Employment Area (10,690 ha of employment land) which has been delayed while RMS deals with airport planning. This can create 57,000 new jobs 21,000 in high value office jobs. Mascot moves 35 million passengers a year and employs 26,000 people mainly in retail, catering and security, with very limited trades for those that actually work on aircraft.   Jackie says.        

 

An example of the views of inner city anti airport campaigners

There are a dozen or more No Aircraft Noise groups around Mascot demanding better outcomes from airport management for surrounding suburbs.  They demand a second airport with a runway 4km long and a cross runway of 2.5km so it can eventually be a replacement for Mascot.  Read on it makes interesting reading to see what No Badgerys Creek campaigners are up against and how the government has had BCA in the pipeline since 2007 but not told us in the western suburbs.

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Mike Baird diverts Western Sydney infrastructure to build airport

We don't need an airport but we do need infrastructure.  Lift the curfew at Mascot and that is a cheap, instant 30% increase in capacity at Mascot - BUT NO! the government wants to waste our money building Badgerys Creek Airport and then has the arrogance not to curfew it. Why? because it flies over western suburbs homes.  Why do the eastern suburbs in the electorates of Jo Hockey and Anthony Albanese get a curfew and we don't?

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Selling Off Assets to pay for toll roads

Read Jackie's brochure on the sell off of electricity assets here 

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Federal Government won't build rail links for Badgerys Creek Airport until later

When Badgerys Creek Airport was put back on the agenda the federal Government announced plans for rail links but they won't be built until later. It is expected that it will be privately funded. Is this good enough when you want to disrupt people lives with 24/7 noise to also cause further traffic problems and extend local residents commute time to work.

See the report by clicking on this link http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/federal-government-plans-for-airport-rail-line-but-will-not-build-it-20140416-zqvkk.html

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Only 10 days at Christmas time given for submission on Badgerys Creek Environment study

As usual for governments in 2014 public comment is asked for in a sneaky way so no comments are garnered and when government gets it totally wrong for local constituents they can say "but we consulted the local community".  

A new environmental assessment process for the proposed Western Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek was launched on the 4 December with submissions closing on the 18th of December. "This Referral for an airport for Western Sydney to the Environment Minister is a precursor in meeting our environmental obligations and, importantly, in allowing for community consultation,” Mr Truss the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure said. 

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STORC members address to Penrith City Council on M9 and rail corridor

STORC members addressed Penrith City Council on 16 December 2014 regarding issues arising from the proposed M9 and rail corridor. The major issues are noise and resumption of houses. Coucillors Pru Car and Bernard Bratusa stopped short of withdrawing their corridor recomendation to transport NSW in favour the route to St Marys instead of Penrith. However they voted for an amendment to the Council position that did not support the resumption of established homes at Orchard Hills and Claremont Meadows. Both these councillors are running for the seat of Londonderry in the NSW elections and they can influence this decision if elected.

Click on the read more button to read a transcrit of Rob Kassouf, a STORC member and resident of Penrith, address to Council. 

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IMPORTANT COUNCIL MEETING - Monday 15th December at 7.00pm

STORC Action group is a Penrith community based organisation that has been holding the Penrith City Council accountable on the issues of the M9 and rail orbital going through or close to residents homes. Residents haven't been informed that their houses will be resumed. STORAC asks you to come to the Penrith City Council meeting and show your support for them.

Click on  read more button for details of the invitation to attend the Council meeting on Monday 15 December 2015 at 7pm.




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Freight Intermodal coming to Badgerys Creek as well

Liverpool Council understands the traffic chaos in store for Liverpool from an Freight Intermodal Centre at Moorebank and is seeking to put it at Badgerys Creek. Penrith City Council does not stand up for the traffic chaos from an airport at Badgerys Creek let alone an Intermodal.

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Option B ANEC Noise Maps

Option B - ANEC Noise maps Penrith, Blue Mountains, Blacktown, Campelltown and Camden Council areas.

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Option A - N70 Noise maps

Option A - N70 noise maps for Penrith, Blacktown or Camden council areas. This measures how many planes you will get overhead that are at greater than 70 decibels.

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