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Wednesday, 1 June 2005
Page: 155

Mr HATTON (9:59 AM) —The Bankstown Airport master plan is now in existence. It will govern the activity at Bankstown Airport for the next 20 years. The people of Bankstown who worked with me to achieve the key objective—that is, to stop 737 jets from being able to use Bankstown Airport—have won an enormous victory. But there is still more work to do. A noise management plan needs to be put into place. The fundamental problem in regard to noise management is that more freight aircraft will be operating out of Bankstown Airport—and there will probably be more at night. The extension of the runway by 200 metres means that planes can be more fully laden and will be flying lower and closer to people in Condell Park and associated suburbs. Logically, that means that the noise impact will therefore be greater. I call upon the management of Bankstown Airport Ltd to ensure that there is proper and full community consultation in regard to this and that the lives of people are not destroyed by inappropriate noise from Bankstown Airport.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Hon. IR Causley)—Order! In accordance with the resolution agreed to on 30 May 2005, the time for members’ statements has concluded.