An example of the views of inner city anti airport campaigners

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November, 2007 Volume 12, Issue 3 (including Special Federal Election Update) 

Federal elections 2007: No Hope versus False Hope
 
The Liberal Government is offering no hope for future reductions in aircraft noise.  They’ve done all they’re going to do and they’ve dumped most of the noise onto Labor electorates.  By diverting take offs to the north west while over the Labor seat of Lowe, they have reduced the noise over Bennelong and North Sydney, held by Howard and Hockey.
 
Howard approved Macquarie Bank’s Master Plan for Sydney Airport which aims to triple passenger numbers and massively increase the noise over the next twenty years.  It will also concentrate noise north of the airport again as the east west runway can only be used when flights are below 45 per hour.
 
In addition the Liberals have privatized the general aviation airport at Bankstown and allowed the new owners to plan for commercial flights.  Again they have dumped the noise onto Labor electorates and by choosing a small airport for Sydney’s second airport, they have ensured that all the big jets stay in the inner city.  No hope from the Liberals.
 
Labor’s policy is to “develop an integrated Sydney Transport Plan that provides for Sydney’s future airport needs, including a preferred second Sydney airport site outside the Sydney basin.  Labor will maintain the cap and curfew at [Sydney] Kingsford Smith Airport and implement the Long Term Operating plan maximizing take offs over water”
 
Local Labor members, when pressed, will point to the second airport plan to identify a site, but that is only a false hope.  Labor will still allow Macquarie Bank to carry out its Master Plan which is possible under the cap and curfew limitations.  Macquarie will push the airlines to use larger aircraft and try to lever smaller regional aircraft out to Bankstown.  Labor parliamentarians opposed the Master Plan, but nothing in Labor’s policy will prevent it.
 
In the long term, the only solution to ever worsening aircraft noise over Sydney suburbs is to move the airport outside the city, our policy which is supported by the Greens.
 
This airport is making us sick - Jets raise blood pressure in Kurnell
 
A study by Sydney academics has found that people in Kurnell are more likely to have higher chronic noise stress and blood pressure as a result of aircraft noise.  Kurnell was compared to a similar demographic suburb at South Penrith, which is not affected by aircraft noise.
 
Kurnell was chosen as it experiences noise above 70 decibels (dBA) more than fifty times a day.  70 decibels is enough to interrupt conversations inside a house.  The study used a detailed questionnaire to ask people about their health problems and screen out other reasons for high blood pressure, like smoking or being overweight.
 
The World Health Organisation’s definition that “health includes physical, psychological and social well being” was used as the starting point for the research.  The authors state that existing noise measurements “underestimate the social impact of aircraft noise because health effects have been ignored when formulating environmental management plans at airports.”
 
Suburbs with similar noise from jets stretch from Drummoyne to Kurnell on the north south flight paths and from Rockdale to Daceyville on the east west flight paths.
 
Good medicine – bad public policy
 
The study looked at the possible ways to remove or reduce aircraft noise – relocating the airport “as in fact was achieved in Hong Kong and Jakarta.”  But they said it’s hard to find a new site and the commercial interests in the present airport make closure unlikely. 
 
The study suggests a return to concentrating noise on the north – south runways as a way of reducing the number of people affected, but don’t mention that this makes extreme noise in those suburbs.
 
What about extending the quiet period of the curfew by two hours and making the quiet time from 10 pm to 7am.  But this would take out up to 160 flights a day from the private owners who would want compensation. 
 
Similarly extending the noise insulation scheme would be extremely costly.  “The benefits of an improvement to the quality of life of residents, community facilities and educational establishments would have to be calculated to argue for the enormous costs of this extra building insulation scheme.”
 
However, the researchers want to try relaxation techniques and Mental Silence based Sahaja Yoga Meditation to see if that helps residents cope with the noise.  How they are going to find yoga teachers for 150,000 people has yet to be explained.  Would residents have free classes and would they be compensated for their time?
 
This proposal is another example of dumping the problem on the victims instead of reducing the pollution at its source.                     
 
Climate Change to Limit Aviation's Future?

In 1999 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimated that the aviation industry accounted for 2% of greenhouse gas emissions in 1992, but that this would rise to as much as 15% by 2050.

The cost of air transport has decreased rapidly over the years, and air travel is growing at about 5% a year. Hence it is not surprising to find emissions from aviation growing faster than any other industry sector. To make matters worse, air travel produces far more carbon dioxide (CO2), than any other form of public transport. Its not just the CO2, jet contrails have a surprisingly big effect on the climate, so much so that restrictions on night flights has been suggested as a way of easing aviation industry's contribution to global warming.

The environmental damage caused by planes is not being paid for, and environmentalists are justifiably angry, complaining that airlines get a free ride when it comes to environmental taxes. Indeed as a aircraft fuel is taxed no more than 2.5c a litre, the free ride extends beyond that of the environment. With global warming becoming a very big issue, airline company realise that they are in the firing line.

In mid 2007, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), urged the aerospace industry to develop a passenger aircraft with zero carbon emissions within the next 50 years. It is hard to see this happening. Giovanni Bisignani, the director general of IATA, said that aviation’s carbon footprint was growing, and that was not politically acceptable for any industry.

In September, Qantas and Jetstar became the latest airlines to join the rush to improve their green credentials. The airlines introduced a voluntary scheme whereby all contributions are to go towards multiple abatement programs, which may include energy efficiency measures, generation of renewable energy and tree planting projects. There is an added bonus for airlines in buying green credits, because it is a tax write-off in Australia.

Critics say these carbon offset programs do not have a major impact on greenhouse gas emissions, but just relieve the guilty consciences of air travellers because they pay a fee. Greenpeace argues that these schemes avoid the real problem, and that the solution should be about reducing the number of flights. Short trips are of particular concern, a 747 for example, uses 16 tonnes of fuel to take-off, the equivalent of running six family cars for a year. Jeff Angel, from the Total Environment Centre, made a striking point when he said it would take 40-50 years for trees to capture the carbon emissions.
 
Eyes on the prize: what chance to move Sydney Airport?
 
There are four possible options for the future of airports for Sydney:


 
 
 
 

  • one big airport at the present Mascot site
  • current big airport and a small second airport
  • current airport and a big second airport
  • one big airport at a new site outside the city 

One big airport at Mascot
 
This limits the economic benefit of aviation as the site is smaller than required and is limited by the necessity of a night time curfew to allow residents some seven quiet hours.  Access to the city is good, but at the expense of local people copping tonnes of noise, air pollution and an unacceptable level of risk.  This a very bad option for quality of life for Sydney people.  The existing airlines like this option as it limits the space for new competitors, especially in the domestic airline market.
 
Big Mascot and small second airport
 
This is the Liberal government’s option.  Bankstown is the de facto second Sydney airport and will be allowed to take regional and smaller interstate passenger flights.  Having these flights at a second airport allows space at the main airport to operate more large jets.  Like Sydney Airport, Bankstown is surrounded by housing, so this is the worst possible option for Sydney residents.
 
Current airport and a big second airport
 
Some people think that this could work, moving all or most of the big international jets to a new airport and keeping regional and interstate flights at Mascot.  The new airport would be costly and little extra land would be released at Mascot to pay for it.  If only some airlines moved their flights to the second airport, it would create a winners and losers situation amongst the airlines, discouraging new airline operators.  Existing airlines would try to retain their international flights access to Mascot. 
 
For this option to be any use in relieving noise in the city, it must have a main runway 4 kilometres long to be able to take long haul international jets and a cross wind runway of 2.5 kilometres for strong cross wind periods.  It should be in an area assessed for all of Sydney’s future air traffic, so that it may eventually become Sydney’s replacement airport.
 
One big airport out of town
 
This would allow the present site to be sold after the move to fund the new airport.  Properly located, a new airport would affect very few people and if all affected homes are insulated, may be able to operate 24 hours.  A new site could be designed to have an efficient layout, unlike Mascot which has grown by succeeding patch-ups.  The new airport would need to be connected to the city by electric trains.  The abandoned second Sydney airport site of Wilton is near rail and motorway links to the city. 
 
A replacement airport will be the best option to solve Sydney’s aircraft noise problem.  It will allow 900 hectares of inner city land to be developed for housing and modern industry, as well as freeing up the limitations on surrounding land imposed by the present airport.  This will allow a more compact city for our future of high energy prices and the need to reduce greenhouse gases.
 
NAN stunts soon to take off
 
We are looking for NAN members with ideas for stunts that will highlight themes like “this airport is making us sick”, “this airport is ripping us off” and “this town’s too big for an airport in the middle”.  So far we have ideas like giving out cards at a petrol garage with Qantas thanking motorists for subsidizing Qantas almost tax free fuel, setting up an Infrequent Flyers Points Scheme and giving away carrots to departing passengers to highlight the amount of food that is flown around the world with colossal green house gas impact.
 
We’re looking for people who would like to take part and people who have ideas for some fun send ups.  Call Ray Smith on 9559 4029 if you want to be in the action.
 
NAN research help sought
 
To be effective in the media and on our new web site, we need lots of research on aircraft health impacts, crash data, politics, aircraft technical info and successful airport actions from around the world.  If you would like to part of this, please call Allan Rees on 9516 4683 or 0417 400 892.  Email to [email protected]
 
Disappointing response in Leichhardt
 
The meeting held by NAN in Leichhardt had a low turn out, but saw a good discussion amongst the people who turned up.  The most common way of contacting NAN after we had leafleted people was by email.  We decided that the best way of campaigning would be by email and using our website.  The website is being upgraded at present and a new format will be launched soon.


August, 2007 Volume 12, Issue 2 

Why the tax holiday for aviation fuel?


The Federal Government must end the tax subsidy for greenhouse producing aviation fuel, a subsidy which amounted to $770 million in 2001/2.  Aviation is the most polluting form of transport per passenger kilometre, yet is subsidised by other forms of transport which produce less greenhouse gases.
 

Domestic aviation fuel is taxed at a mere 2.8 cents per litre, way below other transport fuels, and international aviation fuel is not taxed at all, under aviation agreements.  It is amazing that aircraft emissions were not included in the Kyoto Protocol and this must be rectified in the next round of greenhouse gas reductions. 
                                                                                                                                 
 The British Government has introduced a Greenhouse Levy of 40 pounds ($A100) on its departure tax for long haul flights, as an airport emissions tax.  This can be replaced by a worldwide tax on aviation fuel as part of the next round of Kyoto green house gas reductions. 
 
Agreements prevent taxation on international aviation fuels, but there is no limitation on taxing domestic fuels.  A domestic airlines aviation fuel tax should be introduced to end the market distortion, which increase Australia’s greenhouse gas production
 

Curfew should be longer
 
People living nearest to the airport are only guaranteed five hours sleep a night.  Suburbs like Tempe, Kyeemagh and Mascot cop the noise from landings and take offs over Botany Bay, which can also affect Kurnell.  Suburbs on other flight paths are granted a minimum of seven hours respite each night.
 
Newborn babies sleep about 17 hours a day, in several periods.  Five year olds need 11 hours and the amount required drops until adolescence, when teenagers need about nine or ten hours sleep each night.  Shift workers need to sleep during the day, along with ill people and babies.
 
These sleep patterns are disrupted by noisy jets using Sydney Airport.  Sleep deprivation has serious effects on health and can increase work and road accidents.
 
Macquarie still wants shops at airport
 
Despite being knocked back on the shopping centre proposed for near the end of the third runway, Macquarie Airports boss Max Moore-Wilton says that they have not given up the idea.  Moore-Wilton also said that Macquarie had no plans to build a second airport to relieve noise or congestion at Sydney Airport.  “Second airports are so last century”, Moore-Wilton told the Macquarie Airports AGM.
 
Federal Transport Minister Mark Vaile refused permission for the controversial bulky goods shopping centre in February, mainly on the grounds of risk to the public at that location, as well as the road traffic generated.  No Aircraft Noise welcomes that decision and hopes the minister will stick to it when Macquarie comes asking again.
 
Privatisation of Sydney Airport – who’s won, who’s lost?
 
It is now five years since the Howard Government sold Sydney Airport to the Macquarie Bank consortium.  As many people feared, Macquarie has put profit before people at every turn.
 
The airport has had a Master Plan approved which plans a huge increase in passengers, pollution, noise and risk.  The airport has also produced a Ground Travel Plan that will increase the amount of car travel, compounding the pollution caused by aircraft.  Howard’s transport minister also approved two twelve story car parks for the International terminal, ignoring the option of passengers using the existing railway stations beneath the airport terminals.
 
The Howard Government made a short term capital gain from privatising the airport and also transferred a lot of the residents’ anger to Macquarie at the same time.  On the other hand, government has lost an income producing asset and restricted its options for future airport development in the Sydney region.
 
Macquarie has used the monopoly position of Sydney Airport to raise rents, parking fees and introduced new charges for taxis.  They boast about increasing the take per passenger every year.  Airlines complain about charges they face, although landing charges are regulated which has prevented price gouging by the airport.
 
Residents are left out in the cold.  Macquarie does not recognise any obligation to mitigate or remove the noise, either by funding insulation, or moving to a new site.
 
Another question that can’t be answered by Macquarie Airports
 
At a recent briefing by Macquarie Airports, the CEO Kerrie Mather couldn’t answer the question as to whether Macquarie supported a carbon tax and carbon trading.  Nor could she say whether Macquarie supported an equalisation of fuel taxes between aviation fuel and fuel for other transport modes. 
 
At last years AGM, Max Moore-Wilton wouldn’t say whether the land at Sydney airport had a higher value for commercial or airport uses.
 
Editorial – NSW Labor Government abandons environment after re-election
 
After being re-elected in March, the NSW Labor government has made two decisions which will increase greenhouse gases.  During the election Labor gave the impression that there were no plans to build the M4 East and the Marrickville Tunnel.  Now they are back on the agenda.  Both will increase traffic and pollution in inner Sydney, as well as contributing to global warming
 
The Anvil Hill coal mine will also create substantial greenhouse gases from coal.  Labor’s argument that if we don’t do it, someone else will is completely irresponsible.  What they don’t tell you before an election!  The Howard Government found itself with a Senate majority after the 2004 election and used it to pass the Work Choices law to take away people’s job security and wages.
 
Howard Government caught with Sydney Airport land transfer tax
 
In the privatisation of Sydney Airport, the Federal Government gave Macquarie Bank an indemnity against having to pay land tax on the airport transfer.  However the government has now been hit by a bill for $400 million for land tax and interest payable to the NSW Government.  Sydney Airport has been assessed as a “land rich” business, meaning that over 80% of the business is the land value and excess stamp duty must be paid.
 
The Howard Government obviously doesn’t know about the Sydney property market.  Imagine not realising that Sydney Airport was a “land rich” business.  The land is far too valuable to use as an airport, which is why Macquarie keeps trying to put shopping centres there.
 
Anthony Albanese to arrive by parachute?
 
Labor MP for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese has put forward the bizarre idea that if we moved the airport out of the city, people would have to use parachutes to fly here.  Surely he’s flown to many cities on his Parliamentarians’ Overseas Fact Finding Tours where the airport was outside the city.
 
He probably took a limousine or a taxi into town, but may have noticed that others were travelling in by train or bus.  He should let us know if there’s anywhere in the world where parachutes are used as public transport. 

Health conference on air quality in tunnels
 
The recent National Health and Medical Research Council conference discussed the need for new regulations for road tunnels.
 
There was a widely held opinion that the current 'rules' look inadequate and that, besides carbon monoxide- the only component currently regulated - it is important to consider nitrogen dioxide and particles, both by themselves, but more importantly acting together. 
 
The M5 East looks to be amongst the worst polluted urban tunnels in the developed world.  What is considered bad in Europe is a daily event in the M5.
 
Proposed development of the Whenuapai Airbase as a second commercial airport for Auckland.
 
Residents of the Upper Harbour environs and North Shore of Auckland are facing a massive increase in Airport traffic if a proposed new commercial airport goes ahead.
 
Until about the mid-1960’s Whenuapi was the International Airport for Auckland. With the advent of wide bodied jets, a new airport was built at Mangere (Auckland International Airport).
 
Currently the airport has minimal daily traffic with flights by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNAF) only. This has a minimal impact on the public from a noise perspective. In contrast, the proposed airport will have no curfew and will operate 24 x 7 all year.
 
In 2004, the NZ government decided that the RNAF would move its operations from Whenuapai to the current RNZAF base at Ohakea, which is nowhere near a major city. A recent public consultation process with regard to alternative uses for Whenuapai Airbase received 2600 submissions and 97% of these were against any plan for a commercial airport at Whenuapai. These included submissions from many members of the public as well as government bodies such as the Ministry of Defence, Auckland Regional Council, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and the Board of Airline Representatives NZ (BARNZ).
 
A ‘whole of government’ report by The Ministry of Economic Development also conclusively showed that such a development was completely unnecessary for at least 30-50 years. Auckland International Airport is due to build a second runway in the near future and even now is operating well under its capacity.
 
The Waitakere City Council (WCC), the territorial authority responsible for the proposed airport, is attempting to rezone the land from countryside to a special airport area so that commercial operations can be started. It has partnered with Infratil (an owner and operator of businesses in the energy, airport and public transport sectors) in a commercial venture. The Council has also spent what is believed to a substantial sum of ratepayers’ money to run a publicity campaign and lobby neighbouring councils to join them in forming a commercial alliance with Infratil. Both WCC and Infratil will benefit financially from the proposed commercial venture, and this promise of revenue is the real reason Waitakere City Council is pursuing this venture. The proposed economic and community advantages of a commercial airport put forward by the proponents have been easily debunked for the smokescreen they are.
 
The effects of such an airport would impact on numerous residents, schools and reduce the attractiveness of the area without even knowing if it can succeed at a commercial level in the first instance.
 
This is another example of the distorted outcomes that can occur when local authorities and governments ignore public opinion and enter into commercial arrangements with business with no transparency in process.  
 
Waitakere City Council is now considering whether it will appoint its own Councillors to hear the submissions on the proposed rezoning or, as objectors are demanding, involve independent Commissioners. If it uses its own Councillors the outcome is a foregone conclusion and an appeal to the Environmental Court will be required by the opponents including Whenuapai Airbase Action Group (WAAG) The appeal is anticipated to cost up to $150,000.
 
If you wish to find out more about this issue or donate money to support their cause visit www.waag.co.nz.
 

March, 2007 Volume 12, Issue 1

 
 
 
 
 

Transport Minister refuses permission for airport shops
 
Federal Transport Minister Mark Vaile has refused permission for the controversial bulky goods shopping centre next to the end of the third runway.  Mr Vaile said his refusal to approve the development followed consideration of continuing issues raised by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) about the safety of the public on the proposed site and the safety of passenger jet movements.  He also was concerned about the traffic impact of the shopping centre proposal.  Congratulations to everyone who wrote letters or demonstrated against it.
 
Airport denies sneaky start to shops
 
Sydney Airport has denied that the large excavation on the shopping centre site was a sneaky start to construction before Transport Minister Mark Vaile gave his decision.  The approximately 200 metres by 600 metres by 5 metres deep excavation is for electrical work they said. NAN spotted the work in January, before the minister’s decision was given.
 
Howard helps airport development 
 
The Howard Government’s reply to criticism of non-aviation development at Sydney Airport has been to introduce amendments to the Airports Act that will make such developments easier.  The amendments would raise the threshold for a Major Development Plan (requiring public notice and “consultation”) from $10 million to $20 million and reduce the Transport Minister’s approval time from 90 days to 50 days.  The rationale for the increase cost was to take account of “increased building costs”.  The amendments also specifically allow non-aviation developments, preventing the legal challenge sought by Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore.
 
Airbus A380: Overdue, overweight and a challenge to its safety
 
The giant Airbus A380 will now be delayed for at least two more years due to non compatible computers systems at different factories in the Airbus consortium.  These have led to wiring harnesses manufactured in Germany not fitting the airframes made in France.  The aircraft is also five to ten tonnes overweight.
 
A whistle blower, Joseph Mangan, who worked at component supplier TTTech has also alleged that the cabin pressurisation system is unsafe.  Mangan said that the TTTEch microprocessors and a new release valve layout exposes the giant aircraft to possible sudden loss of cabin pressure.  If the crew blacked out, this would endanger the plane.  Airbus and TTTech deny there is any problem with the system.  Legal action against Mangan could land him in prison.
 
The A380 was in Sydney in November as part of a world wide trip to gain certification for the aircraft.  When the noise certification becomes available, we will be able to see if the big claims by Airbus are more than PR fluff.  Their great claim is only that it’s quieter than the Boeing 747, the noisiest aircraft flying into Sydney, not that it will bring acceptable living conditions to those under the flight paths.
 
Macquarie Bank on both sides of the street
 
The Labor and Liberal parties are both accepting large donations from Macquarie Bank, the parent company of the major Sydney Airport shareholder, Macquarie Airports.  The Australian Labor Party received $516,032, the Liberal Party received $450,858 and the National Party received $68,380 from Macquarie Bank in 2004/2005, according the Australian Electoral Commission’s website.  This includes a donation of $6,534 from Macquarie Airports to Labor Holdings Queensland.  The NSW Democrats received a donation of $1,500 from Macquarie Bank.  Further donations were made by 10 other Macquarie companies.

                                                                                                
A bolt through the roof!
 
On 18 October 2006 a bolt from a Boeing 747 smashed through the roof of a Five Dock man’s home.  Angelo Margiotta said, “I was sitting at the kitchen table having my coffee about 8.30 am and I heard a big, big, big, loud bang.  I used to go hunting.  I used to shoot rabbits.  I know the noise a gunshot makes.  This is worse than a gunshot.”  Singapore Airlines admitted it was their bolt and their insurers are contacting Mr Margiotta.
 
Greenhouse tax for UK Aviation?
 
British PM Tony Blair has proposed additional greenhouse taxes for jet aircraft because of their very high emissions per passenger kilometre, and the damaging effect of releasing the gases high in the atmosphere.

Radiation scare at Sydney Airport
 
Every month there are hundreds of movements around NSW of nuclear isotopes which are used mainly for medical and industrial purposes. Both Sydney Airport and Port Botany feature in the transportation of this material and this has implications for the residents living in nearby suburbs.
 
While most of the material has low-level s of radioactivity, not all of it is. Regardless, all radioactive materials are hazardous and must be handled and transported within strict guidelines. The important thing for the public is the assurance that these shipments are conducted safely.
 
Uncertainty regarding the handling of such material arose on 29 July 2006, when there was a radiation scare at a cargo terminal near Sydney Airport after a parcel was identified as containing radioactive material.
 
The police, hazardous material vehicles and fire engines attended the scene after being notified by the Australian Customs Services. While investigations were being carried out, more than 20 employees who worked at the site were evacuated and tested for radiation.
 
The parcel contained spent nuclear fuel pellets, which had been used by the Australian Army to X-ray cargo equipment and were being sent back to the United States for disposal.
 
This is not an isolated case, as Sydney Airport has had incidents involving the breaching of the packaging surrounding medical isotopes in the past. Fortunately there has not yet been a release of these radio isotopes.
 
In the sweet bye and bye – a “silent” aircraft
 
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cambridge University have proposed a new design of passenger jet aircraft, which they claim will be “silent”, or no noisier than a washing machine.  If the design is adopted, the first prototype is expected to fly in 2030.
 
The design uses a very wide wingspan and a much tubbier body, with the engines mounted on top of the aircraft to reduce the noise heard on the ground.  It would have a lower flying speed than current jets, allowing quieter approach and take offs.  Current jets are designed for their optimum performance at their cruising altitude, not on the slower landing and take offs.
 
The futuristic aircraft won’t be silent, because it will still have to push lots of air backwards to accelerate and climb after take off.  Even if it does work, it won’t fly until 2030 and existing noisier aircraft will continue to fly. 
 
Rather like the promised carbon sequestration technology for “clean” coal power stations, the real purpose of “silent” aircraft research is to allow the aviation industry to keep on polluting, while holding out the promise that one day they may end the noise. 

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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