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MEDIA RELEASE

 

Cheryl Kernot MP

Shadow Minister for Regional Development,

Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Services

 

30 June 1999

35/99

 

OPPOSITION WILL CONSIDER POSITION ON BADGERYS CREEK

 

Shadow Minister for Transport, Cheryl Kernot, has welcom ed the release of the final Environment Impact Statement on building a second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek and said the Opposition will now study the findings and consider its position on the airport site against the background of the report.

 

“This is a tough call,” Ms Kernot said. “It’s a call that has not been made any easier by the long history associated with the choice of this site. But a decision now has to be made.”

 

Ms Kernot said further steps in the environmental assessment process had to occur before the Government made a final decision and the Opposition was not going to pre-empt or circumvent that process. “There is a process in place,” she said, “and we have always said we will not jump in before that process is completed.”

 

Ms Kernot acknowledged that the EIS identifies Badgerys Creek as the most feasible site for a second Sydney airport. “But the EIS does identify some noise, air and habitat problems with the site and it does say that noise and environmental management would be needed to reduce these impacts,” she said.

 

“The Government has to balance what’s in the national interest with genuine local concerns and has to balance environmental considerations with the employment and economic benefits. I don’t think anyone should pretend this is a simple or easy decision, but it is one that has to be taken.”

 

Contact: Jacqui Flitcroft (02) 6277 4328

 

 

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