BADGERYS CREEK AIRPORT
South West Rail Link to Narellan
Jennie Keogh: I think it’s sad for the
area, great for the economy sure, but
at what cost?
Bj Wise: Lots of work before it starts,
roads, rail . . . will that be included in
costing the airport?
Belinda Parker: I live at Leppington
and will eventually lose my property
to the rail development. I think the
new airport will be very appropriate
in years to come when it’s all finished
and will be an asset to the area.
Stephen Grabowski: Businesses in
the region can now start planning for
their future and next generation. It’s
good that parliament can finally
acknowledge the significant oppor-
tunities for south-west Sydney in the
development of a western Sydney
Airport. Kyle Bourke: Just wait until you are
living under the flight path when a
fully loaded 747 takes off just above
your house and tell me if it was such
a great idea.
Jennie Keogh: We moved here to
escape all of this. Those complaining
in the city about the noise, etc . . .
well they moved there. They
should’ve known what they were
getting into before they moved there.
Jenny Parsley: Just hurry up and give
us an official date of completion so I
know when to pack my family up and
Ross Kitchen: Is it going to have a
curfew on it like the one John Howard
forced on Kingsford Smith Airport or
is it going to be 24 hours like every
major airport in the world?
A rail link to Narellan is part
of a plan to improve
infrastructure to support
the new Badgerys Creek
airport. Kerrie Armstrong
reports. Decision ends residents’ 30-year limbo
By Anne Tarasov
PETER Carr says what has been
inflicted on him and his neighbours for
the past 30 years is ‘‘disgusting’’.
Last week, the Luddenham resident
was relieved that after decades of
‘‘procrastination’’ the federal govern-
ment ‘‘finally made a decision’’ to build
a second airport at Badgerys Creek.
‘‘Living in this area, we were stuck in
limbo all of those years because we
didn’t know what the future for our
area was,’’ he said.
‘‘We couldn’t sell, we couldn’t
upgrade our properties, we couldn’t
plan for our retirement.’’
According to plans released in the
1990s, Mr Carr’s property was located
across the road from the airport.
For many years he was affected by
the Australian Noise Exposure Fore-
casts around the airport which
prevented residents from doing a
variety of works to their properties.
Mr Carr said he now supported the
airport. ‘‘It will be fabulous for this region; it
will stimulate business in the area.
Relieved: Peter Carr and and wife Veronica of Luddenham are relieved that the
federal government has finally made a decision about the construction of a second
airport at Badgerys Creek.
Picture: Luke Fuda
‘‘Land will be rezoned and infrastruc-
ture will finally go in.’’
Bringelly resident Pauline Rowe has
a less positive take on the decision.
She said residents needed to
be more realistic about what sort
of airport would be built.
‘‘This will be a freight airport,’’ she
said. ‘‘It’s going to be open 24 hours
and anyone that thinks they will be
catching international flights from here
is living in a nirvana.’’
Promised infrastructure is a ‘gift to western Sydney’
THE promised multibillion-dollar
infrastructure packaged promised for
the new Badgerys Creek airport was a
good start, according to Camden
mayor Lara Symkowiak and Camden
MP Chris Patterson but we can’t ‘‘ask
enough (in terms of infrastructure) of
the federal government’’.
Mr Patterson said the airport was
not the ‘‘gift to western Sydney, the
infrastructure is the gift to western
Cr Symkowiak said noise and envir-
onment concerns still needed to be
‘‘I’m still really concerned for resid-
ents in the Camden local government
area,’’ she said.
A RAIL corridor will be preserved
under plans which will allow the
future development of a link from
Narellan to the South West Rail Link.
The plan was unveiled last Thurs-
day as part of the infrastructure
package that would accompany an
airport at Badgerys Creek.
Macarthur MP Russell Matheson
said the plan would see the continu-
ation of the South West Rail Link to
Badgerys Creek and on to St Marys,
as well as south to Narellan.
He said the plan was positive,
even though it was still a long way
off. ‘‘It will probably be the last phase
of the infrastructure plans,’’ he
said. Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak
was enthusiastic about the pro-
spect of a train to the Camden local
‘‘It would be fantastic. Everyone
has always said the South West Rail
Link doesn’t go far enough,’’ she
told the Advertiser.
Narellan businessman and West-
ern Sydney Airport Alliance mem-
ber Steve Grabowski said the rail
link would benefit everybody in the
area. ‘‘The federal government is plan-
ning for the next 100 years, not the
next four years,’’ he said.
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