A Camden MP has been hailed as an ideal man to represent western Sydney on the new airport.
A Forum on Western Sydney Airport (FOWSA) was recently formed as the key communication channel for public engagement on airspace and flight path design.
Apart from Sydney Business Chamber western Sydney director David Borger, Parramatta has no representation on the panel that will determine flight paths. The airport’s environmental impact statement reveals aircraft will fly 8000-10,000 feet over Parramatta.
“By not giving any representation, the only implication you can take is that those areas are going to be the ones that bear the brunt of the flight paths,” No Badgerys Creek Airport president Andrea Grieve said.
Parramatta MP state Geoff Lee said Camden counterpart Chris Patterson was an “ideal” representative for western Sydney MPs. “He has strong understanding of western Sydney, the community and the importance of liveability,” he said.
“I regularly speak to Chris about the need for good planning for the new airport and its economic and social impact on Western Sydney. The new airport will deliver tens of thousands of jobs for western Sydney and this is a priority for our region and as the new Sydney Central City, Parramatta will receive significant economic benefit. I have every confidence that Chris will represent the interests of western Sydney and ensure that the right controls are in place so that we can maximise the economic and social benefits that will flow from a new airport.”
Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) president Stephen Bali applied for the panel but missed out. He described it as a "nodding dog parade” and "cheer squad".
Parramatta Council did not apply to be on the FOWSA panel and recently adopted to support WSROC’s updated policy position on the future airport.
“The updated position recognises the importance of ensuring that the airport’s construction and operations maximise the airport’s job creation and economic development potential for western Sydney. Hence, the updated position better reflects the interests of the region and Parramatta’s ratepayers,” the report states.