Council wants an airport

LIVERPOOL Council has reversed its opposition to the planned Badgerys Creek airport and has called on the federal government to also build a freight terminal there.

The council voted to support the airport plan at their last council meeting for 2013 under the conditions that the government conduct a comprehensive environmental impact statement and fund rail and road connections to the airport.

Councillors said they based their decision on the results of an "extensive community consultation" which established that the majority of Liverpudlians support a second international airport being built in the rural suburb.

Liverpool councillor Tony Hadchiti (Liberal) said the council would push for the freight terminal proposed for Moorebank to be built at airport the site.

Cr Hadchiti, who is the president of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, met with Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss recently to discuss the airport plans and called on him to consider building the freight hub in the area.

"Then it could store freight coming by air and land," Cr Hadchiti said.

The council's consultation was done through an online survey which received 472 responses, a phone poll of 1237 people and focus groups with 39 participants with just over half of the combined responses supporting the airport plan.

Duncan McDonald's Greendale property, where he grazes cattle, will be one kilometre from the Badgerys Creek airport runway proposed in previous plans.

Mr McDonald said he didn't trust the accuracy of the council's survey.

"I think it was total crap and they're just plucking figures out of the air," he said.

"The vast majority of the residents out here oppose the airport, it will have a huge impact on the agricultural production in this area."

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun (Liberal) said the survey was done by a professional external company and the results clearly indicated that people had changed their views.

He said the main reason the council supported the airport was that it would bring jobs to the area.

Cr Anne Stanley (Labor) said the survey was used by the councillors to justify their change of stance.

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