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Airport Community Consultation Deeply Flawed

Source: Susan Templeman MP, Member For Macquarie
Archived 15 Nov 2017 - Posted: 17 Sep 2017
Susan Templeman with community member and concerned parent Lisa Jeffries at the launch of “Is Anyone Listening? The Health Impact Assessment of the Western Sydney Airport Community Engagement Process” Report.
An independent assessment has shown the Turnbull Government's community consultation for Badgerys Creek Airport is flawed.

This joint study by the Western Sydney Community Forum and the University of New South Wales Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation looked at the positive, negative and unintended impacts of the government's processes.  The Report is titled ‘Is Anyone Listening? The Health Impact Assessment of the Western Sydney Airport Community Engagement Process’.

Federal Member for Macquarie said this confirms that what the Government is doing has led to disempowerment, frustration and potential health impacts.

“The study says the Government should immediately change the way it does things, should value community knowledge and opinions and should be willing to make changes in response to community input”, Ms Templeman said.

“It warns that unless the Government changes its approach there will be ongoing negative impacts on the health and wellbeing of my community, including increased stress, anxiety and psychological distress.”

Ms Templeman was said the Turnbull Government was misleading the public with it’s latest report on community attitudes.

“The failure of the Minister for Urban Infrastructure, Paul Fletcher, to be able to do the right thing is highlighted in the latest report on community attitudes, which the Minister claims shows that support for the airport is at an all-time high,” Ms Templeman said.

“He tell us that 91 percent of people are aware of the plans for the airport, but what the data actually shows is more than half know a 'small amount', 'hardly anything', 'nothing at all' or 'can't remember'.

“Yet this same group of people is being asked their views on a range of things, and this is taken to be representative of the west.”

Ms Templeman criticised the Government’s decision to include inner-city suburbs such as Burwood, Leichhardt, Ashfield and Marrickville.

“These non-Western Sydney residents are being given an equal say on what they think about the impacts of an airport in Western Sydney, even though they are completely outside the area that the Government believes will be impacted by 24/7 flights.”

“The other completely disingenuous part of this survey is a question asking whether people are concerned that if the airport operates 24 hours a day there might be noise late at night and early in the morning.  It says 'if', but, in fact, this Government says the plan is to have aircraft flying right through the night, without a curfew, all night, every night.”

“This is not good enough. The double standard for those who live west of Sydney’s centre is beyond unfair; it is negligence on the part of the Turnbull Government.”

This article archived 15 Nov 2017

 
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