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Frank gets another chance to boost the orbital and bash Badgerys.

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Federal Member for Greenway, Frank Mossfield, had an opportunity to speak in Parliament this week and addressed two issues of importance to the Western Sydney Region.  He was speaking on a Report Time Running Out: Shaping Regional Australia’s Future.   He referred to the excellent work being done by the Western Sydney Economic Development Board, now chaired by Mr Jim Bosnjak.


“. . . In particular I draw to the attention of the chamber, and of the Minister and the Shadow Minister responsible for road construction, the Western Sydney Orbital.


“The proposed Western Sydney Orbital will provide a road link between the M5 and the Hume Highway at the Crossroads near Liverpool and the M2 at Seven Hills in the north.  It will also connect with the M$ at Eastern Creek.


“I have been encouraged to raise this matter again by a recent survey conducted by the NRMA which reveals significant levels of congestion on the current route serving as the Western Sydney orbital between the Crossroads and Pearces Corner.


“The Federal Government has tried to argue that the Orbital was necessary infrastructure for Badgerys Creek, but it is necessary now on the grounds of congestion, freight needs, road safety and employment.


“I also draw to the attention of the Main Committee that, with the considerable opposition to an airport at Badgerys Creek from the public and right across the political spectrum - I have to say that certainly within the Labor Party there is strong opposition.


“One of the reasons initially put forward for the airport to be built at Badgerys Creek was the employment opportunities.  I believe this is really an excuse rather than a reason.  The main reason the site was first selected was at that time the site was far enough away from major residential; areas to not be a political problem, yet close enough to the Sydney CBD to minimise infrastructure costs.  Certainly the former argument does no longer stand up.





“The most important impact of the failure of the Federal Government to make a decision on Badgerys Creek airport, if it is deferred, is the question of the reduction in funding for the Western Sydney Orbital.


“The final question I put to this Parliament is:  if the Federal Government were looking for the first time for a suitable site for Sydney’s second, 24-hour non-curfew international airport, would it put it in the middle of Sydney’s fastest growing residential area?  I suggest not.”



Contact:   Frank Mossfield

Ref:    MR: 20

Date:    7 th April, 2000