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Thursday, 15 May 1997
Page: 3911

(Question No. 1465)


Mr Mossfield asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Development, upon notice, on 6 March 1997:

(1) Has the closing date for the environmental impact statement on the Badgerys Creek and Holsworthy airport proposals been extended; if so, what public consultation has been organised.

(2) Has he or his Department given an instruction to Rust PPK not to undertake further public consultation; if not, will he ensure that Rust PPK undertakes further public consultation.

(3) Is he able to say whether correspondence from Rust PPK to the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation refers to a Departmental instruction not to have further public consultations; if so, will he provide details.


Mr Sharp —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) As I announced in Parliament on 26 February 1997, the timetable for the preparation of the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) has been extended by at least two months.

An intensive schedule of meetings, mobile displays and community access days is planned to continue throughout the EIS process.

(2) No. One of the initiatives being taken in the EIS process for the second airport is the release of discussion papers before the release of the draft EIS. The first, which was released on 5 February 1997, covered aviation traffic forecasts and a paper on the preliminary airport master plans was released on 19 March 1997. Papers outlining the approach to be taken to the assessment of aircraft noise and the options for road and rail access to the airport sites were released on 15 April 1997. A paper is expected to be released shortly on preliminary flight paths. The resources allocated by Rust PPK to the community consultation program will increase, if necessary, to respond to community interest in these papers.

(3) The Department has advised me that in correspondence from Rust PPK to the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation dated 26 February 1997, Rust PPK indicated that:

"Due to recent discussions with the Department of Transport, all information days have been postponed for several weeks."

The letter referred to a decision to delay further information days until release to the community of information on the preliminary airport master plans

being considered at both airport sites. No information days which had been advertised in the press and elsewhere were postponed.

While a number of information days were delayed, Rust PPK has continued with the other elements of its consultation program. The community access centre has remained open, mobile displays have been held throughout the region and Rust PPK has attended a number of community group meetings.

Preliminary master plans for the proposed airport development were released by the Government on 19 March 1997. Brochures outlining the approach to be taken to the assessment of aircraft noise and the options for road and rail access to the airport sites were released on 15 April 1997. In response Rust is in the process of organising a series of information days for May 1997. These will complement the ongoing elements of the community consultation program.

Up to date information on community consultation activities can be obtained by telephoning the Second Sydney Airport Community Access Centre on 1800 818 017 (toll-free).