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(Mr NUGENT, Mr COSTELLO)
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(Mr BEAZLEY, Mr TIM FISCHER)
Former Government Business Enterprises
(Mr HICKS, Mr FAHEY)
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(Mr LLOYD, Dr KEMP)
(Ms MACKLIN, Mrs MOYLAN)
Wreath Laying Ceremonies
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(Mr TED GRACE, Mrs MOYLAN)
Fraser, Mr Justin
(Mr TAYLOR, Mr TIM FISCHER)
(Mr GARETH EVANS, Mr RUDDOCK)
(Mr WAKELIN, Mr SHARP)
(Mr SAWFORD, Mrs MOYLAN)
(Mrs DRAPER, Mr WILLIAMS)
ABC: Rugby League Broadcasts on Radio
(Mr MAREK, Mr JULL)
Kids Help Line
(Mr BEDDALL, Mr TIM FISCHER)
(Dr NELSON, Mr SHARP)
- QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE: ADDITIONAL RESPONSES
(Mr KELVIN THOMSON, Mr ACTING SPEAKER)
Newspaper Clipping Service
(Mr SLIPPER, Mr ACTING SPEAKER)
Minister for Family Services
(Mr SAWFORD, Mr ACTING SPEAKER, Mr LEO McLEAY)
- JOINT HOUSE DEPARTMENT
- PERSONAL EXPLANATIONS
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- WOODCHIP EXPORT REGULATIONS
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- MATTERS REFERRED TO MAIN COMMITTEE
- Western Australian Police Force
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- Captain Cook Commemoration
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QUESTIONS ON NOTICE
Alice Springs to Tarcoola Rail Line
(Mr Tanner, Mr Sharp)
(Dr Lawrence, Mr Warwick Smith)
(Dr Lawrence, Mr Warwick Smith)
(Mrs Crosio, Mr Sharp)
Western Sydney Regional Development Organisation
(Mrs Crosio, Mr Sharp)
Aboriginal Land Councils
(Mr Tuckey, Dr Wooldridge)
(Mr Mossfield, Mr Downer)
(Mr Crean, Mr Prosser)
New Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Building, Barton ACT
(Mr Hardgrave, Mr Jull)
- Alice Springs to Tarcoola Rail Line
Tuesday, 17 September 1996
(Question No. 417)
Mrs Crosio asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Development, upon notice, on 19 June 1996:
(1) Has he visited Badgerys Creek, proposed as a site for Sydney's second airport, since (a) 2 March 1996 or (b) 1991.
(2) Has he received an invitation from the Mayor of Fairfield City Council to visit the city and meet with staff and councillors concerning the proposed Sydney West Airport development; if so, (a) has he accepted the invitation and set a definite date to visit and (b) if he visits the city will he address, and respond to questions at, a public meeting organised to discuss the development and other airport related matters.
(3) Has he received advice or submissions concerning the installation of a `very fast train' service between Sydney and Canberra; if so, (a) what types of `very fast train' have been brought to his attention and (b) has he considered the costs and benefits associated with installing on the route a `MagLev' train of the type developed by Transrapid which will operate between Hamburg and Berlin in 1998.
(4) In connection with the proposal referred to in part (3), has he received advice or submissions concerning the cost, feasibility and benefits associated with running a `very fast train' operation through Goulburn, NSW; if so, what (a) would be the benefits to Goulburn and the surrounding area and (b) extra costs would be involved.
(5) Has he received submissions concerning the building of Sydney's second airport at Goulburn; if so, (a) how many submissions has he received and (b) will he publish the estimated costs outlined in each submission (i) independently of, and (ii) including the implementation of, a `very fast train' project.
(6) Has he received advice from his Department about the cost, feasibility and benefits associated with building Sydney's second airport at Goulburn.
(7) What sum has been spent since 1985 on (a) purchasing land and (b) constructing infrastructure for a proposed second international airport at Badgerys Creek.
(8) What is the most recently estimated value of the land held by the Government at Badgerys Creek for the airport's construction.
(9) Independent of land purchases and infrastructure development already undertaken towards the construction of Sydney West Airport, (a) what are the most recently estimated costs concerning the construction of a second international airport at Badgerys Creek and (b) will he provide a breakdown of the costs.
(10) Has he or his staff met with members of the (a) Fairfield Residents Against Aircraft Noise, (b) Holroyd Residents Against Aircraft Noise, (c) Penrith Residents Against Aircraft Noise, (d) Parramatta Residents Against Aircraft Noise or (e) Sydney West Anti-Airport Alliance; if so, in each case, (i) on what date was the meeting held, (ii) where was it held and (iii) what are the names of the attendees.
(11) Did Mr John Wallis, his adviser, inform members of the Sydney West Anti-Airport Alliance at a meeting in Canberra, at least a week before the Government announced its intention to perform a second environmental impact study on Holsworthy as a site for an airport, that an announcement would be made soon about an alternative site for Sydney's second airport.
Mr Sharp —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:
(1) (a) and (b) Yes.
(a) An invitation was discussed by my office with the Office of Fairfield City Council. At the end of this discussion the Office of Fairfield City Council did not indicate that a meeting was immediately required.
(b) I will meet with representatives in public or private session as my schedule permits.
(3) (a) Several types of `very fast train' have been brought to my attention recently. These include the French TGV, which is part of a proposal by the Speedrail consortium to establish a very fast train service between Sydney and Canberra, as well as the `MagLev' train, and various `tilt' trains of the type which the New South Wales Government recently examined.
(b) The New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Commonwealth Governments are currently examining the feasibility of a high speed rail service between Canberra and Sydney. Governments will be considering the costs and benefits of such a service when this study is completed. The study is focused on the general concept of a very fast train service and will not provide a detailed assessment of particular technology options such as the `MagLev' train to which the honourable member refers. However, the study will provide a brief review of a range of technology alternatives that may be suitable.
(4)(a) and (b) I have had several meetings with interested parties and discussed the benefits and costs to Goulburn and surrounding districts of a Canberra-Sydney very fast train service operating through Goulburn. However, the present emphasis is on examining the feasibility of the overall service and providing a better basis for governments to consider the way ahead. Should the project proceed beyond this stage, there will need to be considerably more work done to consider the precise route as well as the technology to be used.
(5)(a) and (b) Since taking office, the Government has received no formal submissions for building Sydney's second airport at Goulburn. However, the Government has received, and continues to receive, many letters from the public suggesting a variety of alternative sites for a second Sydney airport, including Goulburn.
(6) I have not considered it necessary to ask my Department to assess the costs, feasibility and benefits of developing Sydney's second airport at Goulburn.
(7)(a) Since the Badgerys Creek airport site was selected in 1986, a total of $131.9 million has been spent on property acquisition. This includes $124.7 million for the airport site and $7.2 million for potentially aircraft noise-affected properties nearby.
(b) Between 1990 and 1992, the Commonwealth provided $20 million to New South Wales for the upgrading of local access roads to the Badgerys Creek airport site. Subsequently, some $3.8 million was expended by the Federal Airports Corporation on the construction of infrastructure for a proposed general aviation airport at Badgerys Creek until this project was terminated by the former Government in 1994.
(8) Commonwealth property at Badgerys Creek was valued in 1995 at $32.7 million. This valuation includes $30 million for the airport site as a consolidated title zoned for continued airport use, and $2.7 million for the noise-affected properties taking account of expected aircraft noise.
(9)(a) and (b) The first stage of the construction of Sydney West Airport, as planned by the former Government, was estimated to cost $327 million. This included $306 million for a 2900 metre runway, 10,000 square metre passenger terminal, taxiways and aprons, cargo handling and charter/commuter facilities, and the relocation of a section of the Northern Road within the airport site, and a further $21 million for the construction of Airservices Australia facilities including a control tower, rescue and fire-fighting facilities, etc.
New cost estimates for the construction of Sydney's second airport to full international standard, on either the Badgerys Creek or Holsworthy sites, will be prepared by specialist consultants as part of the current Environmental Impact Statement process.
(10)(a) A representative of the group Fairfield Residents Against Airport Noise was present at a meeting with the Sydney West Anti-Airport Alliance detailed below.
(c) A representative of the group Penrith Association Against Airport Noise was present at a meeting with the Sydney West Anti-Airport Alliance detailed below.
(d) A representative of the group Parramatta Residents Against Airport Pollution was present at a meeting with the Sydney West Anti-Airport Alliance detailed below.
(e)(i) 15 May 1996.
(e)(ii) Minister's Suite, Commonwealth Offices, 70 Phillip Street, Sydney.
(e)(iii) Mr John Wallis, Ms Alison Dunn, Mr Peter Cork, Mr John Uren, Mr James Nethery, Mr Stephen Vella and Mr John Harding.