Airport plan flying closer

AN airport in Badgerys Creek seems more likely than ever with the federal government ruling out all other potential sites ahead of an official announcement expected in February.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said this week that Sydney's second airport would operate 24 hours per day to accommodate overnight flights, while Sydney Airport is closed.

Liverpool Council received a preliminary report on a recent community consultation about the airport at its last meeting, which said 50 or more per cent of respondents supported the construction of an airport in Badgerys Creek when asked in a phone survey, community forums and an online questionnaire.

But many residents, including John Roy of Greendale, a suburb close to the proposed site, said they weren't notified that the surveys were taking place.

"I called for community consultation to be held a while ago, when councillors were claiming that 60 per cent of locals supported it," Mr Roy said.

"And then they finally hold the consultation and they didn't tell me or any of the residents here.

"If it goes ahead we want all of the landowners whose land will be affected to have their blocks acquired for a fair price."

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun (Liberal) said the survey was commissioned after the NSW Business Chamber found that the new airport would create 25,000 jobs.

"We can't pass up an opportunity like that, without at least re-considering our position," he said.

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