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Thursday, 13 February 2003
Page: 11925

Mr Murphy asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 14 November 2002:

(1) Has he publicly advertised for a scoping study for the sale of the Sydney Basin airports known as Bankstown, Hoxton Park and Camden; if not, when will he commission the scoping study.

(2) When does he expect to sell Bankstown, Hoxton Park and Camden Airports.

(3) What impact on flight paths for Sydney Airport will result from the sale of Bankstown Airport.

(4) Will the sale of Bankstown Airport result in an increase in both volume of air traffic movements and type of aircraft, including jet aircraft movements, from Bankstown Airport.

(5) Is it foreshadowed that Bankstown Airport will be upgraded to allow aircraft movements of larger jet aircraft up to and including Boeing 737 class aircraft or equivalent.

(6) Are the proposed alterations to arrivals and departure flight paths for Sydney Airport in line with the proposed introduction of High and Wide and Trident air movements systems, impacted by the foreshadowed sale of Bansktown Airport.

(7) Are the flight path amendments to Sydney Airport impacted by commercial considerations as a result of the foreshadowed sale price of Bankstown Airport.

Mr Anderson (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) and (2) Primary responsibility for the sale of the Bankstown, Hoxton Park and Camden Airport rests with the Minister for Finance and Administration, Senator Nick Minchin. On 6 November 2002, Senator Minchin announced that, following a competitive tender process, advisers had been appointed to assist the Commonwealth in the sale of these airports. The sale will be conducted in two phases. The first phase involves the development of a strategy for the sale of the three airports. The subsequent phase, the actual sale, is expected to be completed around the middle of 2003.

(3) (4) (5) (6) and (7) Preparatory work has been undertaken by relevant agencies to determine the nature of any airspace redesign including flight paths, and terminal and runway developments required at Bankstown to enable it to operate as an overflow airport for Sydney Airport in the future. This work will help determine the extent to which Bankstown Airport can accommodate regular public transport services. The Government will consider the outcome of this work as one of the elements of the proposed sale strategy for the three airports. The Government remains committed to the implementation of the Sydney Airport Long Term Operating Plan.