Western Sydney airport environmental guidelines issued

Media Release


29 January 2015

Guidelines for the environmental impact assessment of a Western Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek were released today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the guidelines set out the factors to be included in the Environmental Impact Statement, which is a crucial component of project planning.

Public consultation on the draft Environmental Impact Statement is expected to begin in mid-2015.

“The environmental assessment will specifically look at any impacts that construction and operation of the proposed airport might have on the environment,” Mr Truss said.

“It will assess noise and air quality impacts, including the impact of flight paths and flight frequency on the local area.

“The Australian Government has employed a team of experienced contractors led by GHD to undertake the environmental assessment.”

Mr Truss said the Australian Government is committed to ensuring that a new, robust and rigorous environmental assessment is completed and that the community is consulted and informed.

“In partnership with GHD, the Australian Government will design and implement a community consultation programme for the assessment,” Mr Truss said.

“This will include release of a draft Environmental Impact Statement, allowing community members to make comment on the proposed airport's design and delivery.

“An airport for Western Sydney would be a catalyst for job and economic growth in the region and the Australian Government is committed to ensuring the public remains involved in the project.”

More information on Western Sydney's airport and the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan is available at: www.infrastructure.gov.au/westernsydneyairport.