Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Western Sydney airport environmental guidelines issued

Media Release

WT023/2015

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.