Western Sydney recognises value of a second airport

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Western Sydney could be changing its attitude towards a second Sydney airport, with local leaders recognising potential economic value and infrastructure growth an airport could bring to the region.Meeting this evening to consider changing its thirty-year opposition to a commercial airport, the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC), made up of LGA’s from Parramatta, Blacktown and Penrith, is said to be changing its point of view with the times.“Although there has been significant community opposition in the past, we suspect that attitudes have changed significantly during the past 20 years,” WSROC president Councilor Tony Hadchiti said.Tourism Industry Council NSW general manager Andrew Jefferies explained that unless the Federal Government loosened up its curfews and restrictions at Sydney Airport, a second commercial airport in Western Sydney would be “inevitable”.Currently Sydney Airport regulations only allow for 24 aircraft movements between the hours of 5.00am and 6.00am, despite the original Airports Act allowing for up to 35 aircraft movements.Meanwhile between 23.00 and 24.00 the Airports Act allows for 40 aircraft movements but regulations allow for none.Mr Jefferies said an airport that could run at maximum capacity, without legislative restrictions would help stimulate demand for the city’s visitor economy.“A joint report of the Federal and New South Wales Governments noted demand for between 750,000 and 1 million passengers a year from a commercial operation at Richmond and the RAAF’s own long term negativity of shared operations has now ceased,” he explained.“We urge Minister Albanese to release the findings of the Government’s study into Wilton and Richmond as a matter of urgency.” ……last_img read more