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No need for second Sydney airport.



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Media Release John Anderson Deputy Prime Minister • Leader of The Nationals Minister for Transport and Regional Services

No Need for Second Sydney Airport

A156/2003 4 th December 2003

The Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, has confirmed the Australian Government has no plans to build a second Sydney airport.

“Following exhaustive examination it is clear the existing airport at Mascot will be able to handle air traffic demands for a long time to come,” Mr Anderson said.

“Our policy is based firmly on the economic and planning needs of Sydney’s future air traffic requirements.

“Changes in management and aircraft combined have meant that even with the very real constraining arrangements in place at Sydney Airport, like the curfew and the Long Term Operating Plan (LTOP), there is no need to build a second airport.

“Our approach provides security for residents of Western Sydney who have long been concerned about the possibility of a future new airport in their area.

“But there is a black cloud hanging over Western and Southern Sydney. Where will Labor dump its planned second Sydney airport?

“The newly elected Opposition Leader, Mark Latham, was a long time advocate of building Sydney’s second airport at Badgery’s Creek. However, he changed his tune in July this year under pressure from the then Leader of the Opposition, Simon Crean.

“While the Labor Party continues to keep Sydney residents at Badgery’s Creek, Wilton, Kurnell, Galston, Holsworthy and Richmond in suspense about its plans, people can rest assured that under the Coalition Government there will be no second Sydney airport,” Mr Anderson said.

Media contact: Clare Siddins (02) 6277 7680 or 0427 200 674