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Monday, 29 May 2006
Page: 156


Mr Hayes asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, in writing, on 23 June 2005:

(1)   Has he written to the New South Wales Minister for Planning at any time warning that consideration of development in Bringelly and other areas of Sydney needs to take into account the three airport configurations contemplated by the 1985 environmental impact statement.

(2)   What are the three airport configurations referred to in the 1985 environmental impact statement.

(3)   Has the Government settled on a particular option for a future Sydney airport; if so, what is the Government’s preferred site; if not, (a) why not, (b) what studies, reports and reviews will be conducted before a decision will be made, and (c) what is the timetable for this decision.


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

(1)   The former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, the Hon John Anderson MP, did write to the former New South Wales Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, the Hon Craig Knowles MP, in 2003 and 2004 asking that the aircraft noise contours for the three airport options identified in the 1999 Environmental Impact Statement for the Second Sydney Airport Proposal at Badgerys Creek be taken into consideration in the planning of future urban development in the Bringelly area.

(2)   The three airport design options are those that were addressed in the 1999 Environmental Impact Statement for the Second Sydney Airport Proposal at Badgerys Creek.

(3)   The Government has previously made it clear that it does not believe that a second Sydney airport will be needed in the foreseeable future. This position has not changed.