The Western Sydney Airport could be transformational for our region. It is however disappointing to see on a regular basis, reports of probity issues, poor political planning decisions and residents being shut out of the process.
Recently I attended a community meeting in Luddenham for residents and landowners affected by the State Government's rezoning process at the Aerotropolis. They are right to be upset and angry with this process.
With a stroke of a pen some people have lost everything and there remains many unanswered questions. There has been no clarity about what happens next, when land will be acquired, how the land is to be valued and will acquire it.
To make matters worse, recent media reports have revealed that the Western Sydney Airport Metro to St Mary's will deliver limited economic and social benefits. This is further evidence that we need a railway link in the South-West that connects the Airport to Liverpool, Campbelltown, Macarthur and Kingsford Smith Airport. It is quicker, cost effective and much more beneficial to our region.
Construction of upgraded road connections like the M12 and Elizabeth Drive should also start as soon as possible. It has always been known that they will take the pressure off our local roads as construction ramps up towards the first flights in 2026.
As residents in South-West Sydney we deserve a first-rate outcome, delivered on time and on budget.