Well another Badgerys Creek Taskforce Meeting was held on Thursday 5th Feb, 2015 and again unfortunately not a great deal to report.
However, there was a presentation from Department of Infrastructure and one of the presenters advised that there was a newsletter and community update advising progress of the infrastructure projects, I am unsure how often this is updated. I have attached a link to the site which details timelines of Environmental Impact Studies when they should commence etc., and community involvement, also infrastructure timelines.
I have asked the Community and Stakeholder Manager to send me any updates so I can on forward to the community to allow us to be informed.
- Environmental Guidelines
- Geotechnical Analysis starting for Badgerys Creek
- Construction Updates
As a community member I raised concerns for residents in Greendale Road and Luddenham being the most affected by the noise and building restrictions and was advised that during the consultation periods this will be definitely on the agenda. As the original ANEF studies were undertaken during the 1990’s a new study will be conducted in the next 12 months.
I also raised concerns of rural residents that many here have gone through this process before and that this has been ongoing on for well over 30 years now. it is causing great concern with many who do not know which way to go and that Government need to start the lines of communication sooner than later.
Councillor Peter Harle was also in attendance and raised the issue of ANEF restrictions for residential construction in the rural areas and asked when these would be either be changed or updated. He was concerned that people who own property especially around the Greendale Road and Luddenham area were being impacted by studies that were well over 20 years old and were either being harshly impacted by rigid ANEF‘s or totally disallowed any construction because of flight path configurations. Peter raised the issue that technology has come a long way in over 20 years and ANEF’s should be updated accordingly.
Dept. of Infrastructure has advised that with the new EIS new ANEF’s controls will likely be updated factoring in new technology. When this will happen has not been advised as yet.
The current owners of Sydney Airport have the first option to construct and operate the proposed Badgerys Creek airport and this option expires June 2015. If Sydney Airport does not take up the option, the tender to construct and operate will go out to the open market for private sector funding . Given the current uncertain global financial status for me the obvious question I raised was “what if no private organisation wants to build or operate the airport?” It is anticipated that the construction of the airport will be between $6 and $10 billion dollars and this is a substantial outlay for any organisation if there is not a guaranteed return on their investment.
I was advised if it did come to this point the Government would have to assess whether they would or could build it themselves and this could further delay processes.
Although there was discussion on the need for rail infrastructure there is no undertaking at this stage to construct any rail links from Leppington to Badgerys, however, there are several corridors of land that have been highlighted for this purpose, these were not discussed or advised at this meeting.
Well that’s all I can provide at this stage, but only to say again it is a waiting game and we are at the mercy of politicians.
Will update if anything further comes to light.