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Deputy PM says second airport decision expected soon

September 24, 2013 Airport, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Australia’s new Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss, says a decision will soon be made on Sydney’s second airport.

The Abbott government is likely to nominate Badgerys Creek in far-western Sydney as the site. Badgerys Creek has long been established as the best site for a second airport and numerous expensive studies have only confirmed that. Bhutan

Development of a second airport has been stymied for decades because of political considerations (fear of a voter backlash over noise in affected areas). New polls, however, show the idea of a Badgerys Creek Airport has gained significant local support.

Two days after Australia’s new government was elected to office, Truss’s first contribution as Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development was to confirm that a decision on a site for the new airport was a necessity, but only after the release of Sydney Airport’s master plan later this year.

Truss commendably rejected further studies into the location (endless studies being an long-established political delaying tactic used much over the years). Instead, he revealed that the alternative site of Wilton had been turned down (a decision that will surprise no-one), after advice received from the Department of Infrastructure and Transport’s scoping study released in May.

Truss also revealed that RAAF Richmond was still in the mix to be considered as an interim or overflow facility to increase movement capacity, the Tourism Industry Council of NSW revealed.

The scoping study confirmed that Federal Government-owned land at Badgerys Creek remained the most attractive site for a new-build airport in the Sydney Basin.

During the election campaign, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he would decide on another airport in “a term of government”.

Written by : Peter Needham

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