Labor hypocrisy on Sydney Airport Master Plan

Marrickville Greens media release

19 March 2014line up in rain-web

Marrickville Greens Councillor Max Phillips labelled Labor Mayor Jo Haylen’s motion opposing the 2014 Sydney Airport Master Plan as ‘hypocritical’ given her old boss, former Transport Minister Anthony Albanese, approved the 2009 Sydney Airport Master Plan that actually allowed higher aircraft movements and noise levels.

The 2009 Sydney Airport Master Plan forecast 427,400 aircraft movements by 2029.  The 2014 Sydney Airport Master Plan forecasts only 409,500 aircraft movements by 2033.

“This is a classic case of Labor hypocrisy – do one thing in government and another thing in opposition,” said Greens Councillor Max Phillips.

“In 2009 the Greens campaigned with the community to urge Anthony Albanese to reject such a huge increase in aircraft noise.  Despite being the local member, Albanese ignored community concern and approved the 2009 Sydney Airport Master Plan.

“Sydney Airport wants to allow 87,800 extra flights per year by 2033.  Many of these take offs and landings will be over the Inner West.  This represents an aircraft noise nightmare and Labor should have done something to curb this expansion when they were in government.  Instead we have political posturing now Labor are out of power.

“The Greens are disappointed Labor refused to back their sensible amendment to call for a mandated reduction in the number of flights into Kingsford-Smith Airport in the event a second airport is built.

“There is a real danger that a second airport could actually mean more aircraft noise for the Inner West, with smaller, quieter planes directed to a second airport leaving extra slots open for larger, more noisy aircraft,” he said.

Contact: Cr Max Phillips 0419 444 916

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