Left out of airport planning

Not impressed: Greendale farmers Duncan McDonald and Phillip Said say they were not consulted about an airport at Badgerys Creek before the final decision was made. Picture: Mike Szabath

Not impressed: Greendale farmers Duncan McDonald and Phillip Said say they were not consulted about an airport at Badgerys Creek before the final decision was made. Picture: Mike Szabath

LIVERPOOL'S rural residents say their voices have not been heard during the planning for an airport at Badgerys Creek and they doubt that they will be in the future.

Agatha Said said she and her husband Phillip had lived in Greendale and run a chicken farm there for more than 30 years.

"No one in this area is happy with this plan, but no one is listening to us," Mrs Said said.

"They never listen to us, they've made up their minds and that's it."

When Prime Minister Tony Abbott made the announcement in April that the airport would be built, he said there would be an extensive community consultation leading up to it.

However, details of that process have not been released so far.

A Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development fact sheet said the airport would be built in stages.

"A new airport requires comprehensive planning and consultation, as well as the construction of supporting infrastructure, such as road links and utilities," the website said.

Mr Said said he didn't expect much from the consultation process.

"Sooner or later it was going to happen, they've had it planned for a long time," Mr Said said.

"They don't care what we think: if you're in their way, they'll just run you over."

While some residents are concerned about whether land in surrounding areas would be acquired, the fact sheet said it would not be required in the initial stages.

"And further land acquisition is unlikely to be required.

"Any future decision to expand would require consultation between the government, the airport owner and affected stakeholders."

Mayor Ned Mannoun said the council would continue to be involved in the airport planning process, having recently voted to create a council committee called the Liverpool Airport Taskforce.

The group will meet monthly to "work through the local government issues relating to the airport".

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