Friday, July 19, 2024

Camden Council voices airport concerns

Camden Council has lodged a submission to the Australian Government regarding the Western Sydney International Airport’s draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), advocating for improved outcomes for the Camden area.

Mayor of Camden, Ashleigh Cagney said that while Council acknowledged the significant economic benefits, additional transport systems and improved business links the future airport will deliver to the Western Parkland City region, Council’s submission aimed to highlight points of concern, implications and recommendations for further action on the part of the Australian Government.

“The Western Sydney International Airport is going to change the face of Sydney and provide us here in Camden with an incredible range of opportunities by way of local tourism and better connections,” she said.

“But what we see from the preliminary flight paths and draft EIS raises some concerns and we think there are improvements that can be made in the best interests of the people of Camden.”

Council’s submission lays out key concerns and recommendations to solve them under each of the 14 categories provided in the technical papers within the draft EIS:

  • Noise impacts;
  • Impacts to air quality;
  • Greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Hazard and risk;
  • Wildlife strike risk;
  • Land use and planning;
  • Landscape and visual amenity;
  • Biodiversity;
  • Heritage;
  • Social;
  • Economic;
  • Human health;
  • Facilitated changes; and
  • Cumulative impacts.

Mayor Cagney said Council will continue to advocate for the best outcomes for the Camden area.

“Council has made multiple representations to the Australian Government over a period of more than 25 years, raising concerns on behalf of residents about the potential adverse impacts of the future airport,” she said.

“We will continue to make those representations and push for solutions that best serve the people of Camden.”

To view a summary of Council’s submission, as well as the submission in full, visit Council’s website.

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