Stop the Western Sydney Airport
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This petition of the Residents Against Western Sydney Airport Association,draws to the attention of the House; the proposed Western Sydney Airport as proposed by the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development under the Airports Act 1996 (Airports Act) (and its associated regulations) and the Airports Amendment Bill 2015 and the following real concerns of; the known health (both physical and psychological) risks to the communities living around airports and under flight paths, The adverse social impact to the communities living around airports and under flight paths, The documented risk to childhood education and leaning plus the deprivation of sleep for those living under and around airports, The social inequity between Sydney Airport and the proposed Western Sydney airport. The Western Sydney airport has no curfew nor flight sharing arrangements, The adverse impact on the surrounding environment, flora and fauna and biodiversity, The risk to the World Heritage status of the Blue Mountains National Park, The risk to Sydney’s drinking water from ‘floating and wind disbursed’ burnt jet fuel emissions and potential fuel dumping, The potential negative impacts on indigenous heritage, The increased risks and costs from the excessive loading of road transport routes radiating from the airport region due to the mass transportation requirement for fuel, cargo and servicing needs of the airport and the transit of passengers and workers to and from the airport, The misrepresentation on the true number 'full time equivalent' jobs. There is no net growth of jobs for Stage 1 as reported in the EIS 2015, The dubious need for an immediate construction of a second Sydney airport given that Sydney airport is not forecast to reach capacity constraints until the year 2033 (Sydney Airport’s Master Plan 2033). The proven unreliability and inadequacy of the current EIS We therefore ask the House to: accept this petition to have the proposed Western Sydney Airport permanently quashed.And we request that any new airport be considered in a different location that will not have a negative impact on the health and amenity of the 2 million people identified as living in this Western Sydney area.
- Minister for Urban Infrastructure
- Minister for the Enviroment and Energy
- Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
- Minister for Trade, Tourism, Investment
- Senator for Western Sydney
Senator Marise Payne
I call upon you to Stop the Western Sydney Airport. I have grave concerns in regard to the current airport plan due to:
The health and amenity of the communities in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains will be significantly and adversely affected by the noise and pollution of aircraft flying at very low altitudes.
Recent published research by the Imperial College London and King’s College London in the British Medical Journal, as well as separate research by the Harvard School for Public Health and the Boston University School of Public Health, both report increases in cardiovascular diseases attributed to aircraft noise where aircraft noise in greater than 50 decibels. It is documented in the EIS that aircraft noise will be in the vicinity of 60, 70 and more decibels. In addition to the documented evidence of cardiovascular disease, it is well documented that airports increase respiratory diseases, including asthma, due to the high pollution levels.
There is federal legislation dictating that that there will be NO curfew for this airport. It will operate and have plans flying 24 hrs per day 7 days per week, 365 days of the year – every year
The EIS reports that there will be an increase in long term mortality rates due to air pollution caused by the airport operations. This should never be an accepted outcome by any Australian Government.
The proposed WSA will be detrimental to the education of the day-care, pre-school, primary and high school children and students of Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains due to the constant disruption of aircraft flying overhead as well as disruption to their home life and probable sleep deprivation due to aircraft flying 24hrs per day 7 days a week.
Research published in journal ‘The Lancet’ - indicate that a chronic environmental stressor - aircraft noise, could impair cognitive development in children, specifically reading comprehension. Schools exposed to high levels of aircraft noise are not healthy educational environments. Reference © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Western Sydney traffic will be heavily impacted as there are no planned rail links to Penrith, Parramatta or Sydney CBD and the EIS forecasts that there will be an additional 170,368 vehicle movements a day.
There is NO rail link approved to support this airport – just the roads that are already congested.
All fuel used by this airport will use these same roads. This could be millions of litres of jet fuel per day that is required to be moved by trucks over public roads
This airport is being imposed on the people of Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. They have never wanted it and most would have moved to the area or remained in the area knowing that there was no airport here.
The people of Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains have a right to ‘quiet’ enjoyment.
Lifestyle will be impacted and reduced due to noise and aggravation caused by aircraft flying overhead 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, 355 days a year.
Section 3. of EIS does not address Social Equity
The proponents (Newspaper Article – The Daily Telegraph April 15, 2015, Author Matthew Benns) of building Badgerys Creek Airport, both in the lead up to, and within, the EIS process itself, present a case that discounts any pretence to maintaining social equality for people living in Western Sydney and Blue Mountains areas.
There are no rules for this airport like there are for Sydney airport. No Curfew, no sharing and no flying over uninhabited land, as there is none. That is grossly inequitable to all of the people of Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
The flight paths shown in the draft EIS concentrate hundreds of flights 24/7 over an extraordinarily large population all of which will, according to the EIS will almost certainly suffer a "negative impact" with "major consequences" of a "very high significance rating".
Adding this amount of noise and air pollution to any population is totally unfair.
The Minister for Infrastructure, Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, is saying ‘lets build the airport then works out the flight paths’. No-one should have to live through a decade of uncertainty.
A curfew is not acceptable to residents of Hunters Hill, Lane Cove, the Northern Beaches, Southern or Eastern suburbs to be impacted by the operations of Mascot Airport, but it is quite acceptable in the EIS, for the residents of Blacktown, Mt. Druitt, St. Marys, Penrith, Wollondilly and Blue Mountains areas, to be afflicted by operations at Badgerys Creek, with overhead noise from low flying aircraft, (up to) every 90 seconds, day and night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
In Section 2.6.3, page 89, the EIS shows the following justification for the curfew at Mascot, by stating: “A curfew has been in place at Sydney Airport since 1963 to protect the communities close to the airport and flight paths from noise exposure”.
What is it about communities around Mascot Airport that requires them to have a curfew and be protected from noise exposure that is different to the Western Sydney communities who are going to be afflicted with noise exposure 24 hours a day, because of no curfew? There is an obvious and definite lack of Social Equality in one group of residents having noise free nights and another group being exposed to sleeplessness every night of their lives.
Mascot Airport has been in operation since 1920. Therefore, with the exception of a few people over the age of 95 years:- there are no residents affected by noise from Mascot Airport who would not have been aware of airport’ existence and it’s noise issues, before they moved into the area. These people get the protection of a curfew.
Where is the social equity then for people in Western Sydney and Blue Mountains, who will get no curfew and no protection when Badgerys Creek flight paths come to them?
There is simply no justice, equity or fairness for communities affected in the matter of curfews.
A socially equitable approach to these assertions would be for the EIS to have put forward these same factors as reasons to: a) lift the curfew at Mascot or b) impose a curfew at Badgerys Creek.
People affected by flight path noise around Mascot support an airport being built at Badgerys Creek because they incorrectly believe it will solve their problems.
GREATER BLUE MOUNTAINS WORLD HERITAGE AREA.
Aircraft noise and engine emissions are a threat to the Blue Mountains National Park World Heritage listing due to potential negative impact on the ‘Outstanding universal value’ of this National Park.
The physical presence of plans every 3 minutes at low altitudes of 5000ft will make the area unbearable.
This airport and the associated flight paths may also mean that UNESCO remove the World heritage status from the Blue Mountains area and that would be lost forever.
This World Heritage area is a unique environment that must be protected forever.
An airport at the foot of the Blue Mountains and Western Sydney, with 24/7 flight paths every single day will repel tourism, especially Eco-Tourism which will negatively harm the economies of these areas with any possible ‘attraction’ for people coming to this area, lost due to the continual noise of aircraft overhead.
FLORA, FAUNA AND BIODIVERSITY
This airport and flight paths will negatively impact on the environment, flora, fauna and biodiversity of all natural areas surrounding this airport due to noise pollution, air pollution and the vibrations emitted from the airport area itself and from the aircraft flying. As the wild life, plants and the organisms are not used to this impact there is a very real potential for them to be adversely affected.
There will be a negative effect on indigenous heritage within the Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains area.
The unproven and misrepresented case for the need to immediately construct a second airport within the Sydney Basin particularly given Sydney’s Kingsford Smith airport is unlikely to reach capacity constraints until at least 2033.
The decision to build the Western Sydney airport cannot be a blank cheque to proceed which will be detrimental to this community as well as all tax payers for many years.
The draft EIS is inconsistent with ASA's stated objective of the alignment of actions and processes to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Balanced Approach to Noise Management, nor does it apply ICAO principles on noise concentration, noise management, night, and weekend sensitivity.
The EIS is flawed in that it supports the ‘manufactured need’ to augment Mascot Airport at this time.
Statistics and analysis aside, the bottom line is, that the EIS claims the community impacts are within an “acceptable” range. Contrary to these conclusions, the community finds the impacts are totally unacceptable!
This whole aspect of the EIS shows that the critical issue of flight paths, flight heights and associated noise impacts on the community, are totally based on assumptions and only partially developed planning.
EIS, Appendix E1 Figure 2 – 3 on flight frequencies uses this graph to disclose predicted aircraft movements at the airport. It is then assumed that this also means the predicted number of movements in the flight paths. Whilst this may be a true representation of assessed data, the showing of information in this confusing format masks the reality of meaning for the average citizen trying to work out what it means to them.
The EIS conclusions on flight paths and noise impacts are terrifying. Worse still, they are predicated on indicative flight paths and assumed flight heights, which I feel confident, will prove to be very much different to what is eventually experienced.
Track Density Maps in EIS Appendix E 1 clearly show that aircraft will be flying over urban areas at less than 5,000 feet, which is contrary to textual parts of the EIS that state “approximately 5,000 feet”. Thereby causing more noise impact for residents than claimed in the EIS.
Aircraft Movement. In a series of thematic maps contained in Appendix E 1, (Figures 2 – 5) relating to predicted aircraft movement there are three areas of contention:
- The maps only show frequency plumes for half the affected area.
- There is a missing part of the map - how detrimental to the residents of Blacktown is this section?
- The maps, based on quantitative analysis, seem to contradict other parts of the EIS where qualitative reporting is used.
RISK TO SYDNEY’S DRINKING WATER
Sydney’s drinking water will be put at risk of contamination from burnt jet fuel emissions, particulates and potential fuel dumping as the flight patterns, as shown in the EIS, force aircraft to fly over Warragamba Dam and its catchment area. This is all done at very low altitude so there is the unknown potential for unburnt or un-vaporised fuel to reach this water source.
For these reasons, I call upon you to permanently quash the plans for the Western Sydney Airport.
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