The Austrlalian Financial Review
– Robert Harley
“As you know, Badgerys Creek, 50 kms west of the Sydney CBD, was picked for the city’s second airport in 1986. The federal government then acquired 1700 hectares and restricted use on over 1000 other properties to provide a noise buffer.
The site was then ruled out of contention, by the Rudd government in 2008 and by NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell as an election promise. Neither changed the planning restrictions.
The debate about Sydney’s second airport reignited last month with the release of the Joint (federal and state) Study on Aviation Capacity for the Sydney Region.
The report found that “under current constraints” Sydney Airport would be unable to meet the demand and that Badgerys Creek remained “the best site for an additional major airport”.
A Badgerys Creek airport would be a certain employment generator. In today’s world, whole cities grow around airports. They even have a name, the aerotropolis.
If an airport is not built at Badgerys Creek, the Joint Study recommends that the site be land banked for eventual use as an employment and commercial property hub. The locals have ambiltions for another business park like the successful Norwest in the Hills District”.
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