Badgerys Creek back on the backburner

Mitchell MP Alex Hawke is supporting Prime Minister Tony Abbott's decision to delay the approval of the construction of Sydney's second airport at Badgerys Creek. 

Mr Abbott will convene a committee which will include western Sydney Liberal MPs, who will report their opinions on the second airport project to the Prime Minister.  

The committee will include Lindsay MP Fiona Scott, Macquarie MP Louise Markus, Hughes MP Craig Kelly, Mitchell MP Alex Hawke, Banks MP David Coleman, Reid MP Craig Laundy and Macarthur MP Russell Matheson. 

Liberal Senator Marise Payne may also be on the committee.  

Mr Hawke said he was a ‘‘big supporter’’ of Mr Abbott’s decision to convene with the MPs before making his final decision.  

‘‘I think its good to have dialogue between MPs,’’ Mr Hawke said. 

‘‘It gets everybody’s view across.’’

Unlike Mr Matheson, Mr Hawke supports a second airport at Badgery’s Creek. 

‘‘My electorate is affected like everywhere else,’’ he said. 

‘‘But I’m supporting the construction of a second airport as long as we are getting the same treatment as Kingsford-Smith Airport.’’

Ms Scott said Lindsay residents would be involved in the committee's decision making process. 

"The special western Sydney committee will ensure the community I represent is involved in the process and consulted every step of the way,” Ms Scott said. 

Ms Scott said she still needs to be "convinced" of the need of a second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek. 

“There are two things we can do to help address Sydney’s growing aviation needs," Ms Scott said. 

“First, the infrastructure around Sydney’s primary airport, Kingsford Smith, must be improved to better support accessibility and productivity. This will occur with the construction of WestConnex.

“Second, any potential western Sydney airport needs to be much more than just tarmac in a cow paddock.  It will require a new Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), extensive community consultation, and a collaborative approach by all three tiers of government.

“No community consultation, no airport. And my position will remain unchanged until I’m totally convinced it is in the overwhelming best interests of the people I represent."

Ms Markus refused to comment on the matter.  

Western Sydney Airport Alliance spokesman David Borger said today’s reports confirm that a decision on an airport at Badgerys Creek is coming within weeks. 

“While the Western Sydney Airport Alliance would like to see that decision sooner rather than later; we want the right decision and we want broad political support for it," Mr Borger said. 

 “If an extra week or two gets a robust commitment for the airport then it is time well spent."

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