Council eye on airport plans

Planning for planes: Liverpool Councillor Tony Hadchiti is pleased that Liverpool Council has created a committee to plan for an airport at Badgerys Creek. Picture: Simon Bennett

Planning for planes: Liverpool Councillor Tony Hadchiti is pleased that Liverpool Council has created a committee to plan for an airport at Badgerys Creek. Picture: Simon Bennett

A DEDICATED working group will ensure Liverpool Council keeps involved in the planning process for an airport at Badgerys Creek, Councillor Tony Hadchiti says.

Cr Hadchiti said he has been calling for the committee and put his hand up to join as soon as he saw it was on the agenda for the council's May 28 meeting.

"Its goal will be to keep council across all of the vital developments with the airport planned for Badgerys Creek and to advocate to the federal government for the infrastructure required for the area," Cr Hadchiti said.

"Let's face it, we've got the local knowledge of this area and the federal government often lacks that, so we'll be filling them in."

Cr Hadchiti said an example of this was the roads that the government had chosen to upgrade.

"Bringelly Road, The Northern Road and Elizabeth Drive are very important, obviously.

"But what about Fifteenth Avenue and Badgerys Creek Road itself?

"Those local roads will be important connections to the airport site and they haven't announced any plans to upgrade them yet."

After 40 years of debate about a possible second airport site for Sydney, the Badgerys Creek site was officially endorsed by the federal government in April.

"I think from now on things will start happening with the airport quite quickly, so we'll have the meetings on a monthly basis, but we will be able to call more meetings."

The committee, called the Badgerys Creek Airport Taskforce, will be chaired by mayor Ned Mannoun.

Other members are Liberal councillor Sabrina Mamone, Labor councillor Wendy Waller, the council's chief executive, representatives from the NSW Business Chamber and Liverpool business community and residents.

Labor Councillor Anne Stanley said while she and the Labor councillors continued to oppose the creation of an airport, Cr Waller joined the committee so that they could continue to be involved in the debate.

"My position hasn't changed for 30 years, but we represent a big chunk of Liverpool's voters so we need to be involved to make sure they get the best deal."

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