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Both Labor & Liberal responsible for Inner West aircraft noise nightmare

Marrickville Greens – Media Release

23 June 2014
Marrickville Greens Councillor and Greens candidate for Summer Hill, Max Phillips, has laid the blame for the Inner West’s unfair aircraft noise burden at the feet of both Labor and Liberal parties for signing off the last two Sydney Airport Master Plans, and warned a second airport could increase noise over the Inner West.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported today that the Inner West is copping the bulk of aircraft noise.
“In 2009, Anthony Albanese as Transport Minister, signed off on the Sydney Airport Master Plan, which forecast increasing air traffic and noise for the Inner West for the next 20 years.  Now in 2014 the Abbott Government has signed off on an almost identical Master Plan,” said Greens Councillor Max Phillips.
“These Master Plans intensify traffic to the point where in a few years 80 flights per hour will be scheduled for most of the day, meaning the the North-South runways will have to be in use for most of the day regardless of the wind direction.  The East-West runway will effectively be mothballed with residents of the Inner West copping almost all the noise.
“Rather than get tough with the Sydney Airport Corporation about noise sharing, successive transport ministers simply ticked off on their expansion plans while holding up the distant prospect of a second airport as some kind of panacea.
“A second airport at Badgerys Creek may only make noise over the Inner West worse because it will have a short runway that can only take smaller planes, therefore freeing up slots at Kingsford-Smith Airport for larger and louder planes flying over out the Inner West.
“Rather than just signing off on ever intensifying aircraft noise, the Government should be looking at options to reduce noise such as lowering the hourly aircraft movement cap, extending the curfew, restricting the types of aircraft that can take off late at night and early in the morning, and putting pressure on the Sydney Airport Corporation to share the noise burden as was originally intended under the operating plan.”
Contact: Max Phillips 0419 444 916

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

Albanese approves aircraft noise nightmare for Inner West

Media release  –  19 June 2009

The Greens have slammed Anthony Albanese for being a massive hypocrite as approved the Sydney Airport Master Plan that will increase aircraft traffic from 286,101 flights now to 427,000 by 2029 and give Inner West residents no respite from constant aircraft noise.line up in rain-web

Mr Albanese opposed the previous master plan, telling Federal Parliament in 2004 “I rise today to again put on the record my absolute opposition to the Sydney Airport master plan” (Hansard, 22 March 2004).

“Mr Albanese has shown himself to be a massive hypocrite with his decision to approve more flights into Sydney Airport,” said Greens Councillor for Marrickville, Max Phillips.

“In 2004, he was absolutely opposed to the master plan, now he is signing off on an aircraft noise nightmare for the Inner West.

“Mr Albanese should have stood up for Inner West residents by putting a limit to the number of flights into Sydney Airport. Instead his approval has given Sydney Airport Corporation the green light for almost unlimited expansion.

“Mr Albanese has failed his electors. It is not every day the local member is the Transport Minister. This was his big chance to make a difference and he has comprehensively failed.

“We’ve heard talk about a second airport for over two decades. Talk is cheap – we need action on aircraft noise now.

“The Greens were campaigning for a limit on the number of aircraft movements at 300,000 per year, an extension of the curfew by two hours, and for an alternative airport to be built so Mascot can close down.

“Oslo, Athens and Hong Kong have all successfully built new airports and closed the inner city airport to the relief of residents.

“If Mr Albanese really cared about aircraft noise he’d propose building a new airport and closing Sydney Airport.” Contact: Councillor Max Phillips 0419 444 916

Webtrak does nothing to stop aircraft noise nightmare

Media release

11 December 2008

Webtrak does nothing to stop aircraft noise nightmare

The Greens have criticised Minister Albanese for wasting $20 million of tax payers money on fancy internet programs but failing to make real decisions to deal with increasing aircraft noise being suffered by residents under the Sydney Airport flight paths.

Greens Councillor on Marrickville Council said today: “Residents of the Inner West know very well when aircraft are flying over their homes and schools and I’m not sure what Webtrak will actually achieve,” he said.747-take-off-sydney

“Residents of Marrickville know aircraft are flying overhead when they have to stop half way through a conversation because they can’t hear each other, or they know when they are woken up at 6am by the first 747 of the day.

Webtrak is fiddling at the edges.  It is the kind of PR stunt you do when you aren’t prepared to really address the main issue.

“The 2009 draft master plan for Sydney airport forecasts a 150% increase in aircraft movements from 287,000 to 427,000.  Webtrak does nothing to stop the increasing noise nightmare for residents in the Inner West.

“The Greens are campaigning in Albanese’s own seat of Grayndler for the government to limit the number of aircraft movements into Sydney Airport to a maximum of 300,000 per year and for an extension to the curfew from 11pm – 6am to 10pm – 7am.

“If Sydney Airport are allowed to expand as planned, we will have a plane overhead every two minutes for 17 hours a day with no respite.  We don’t need fancy websites to tell us that is a noise nightmare”.

Contact:  Greens Councillor Max Phillips – 0419 444 916

More Aircraft Noise?


Greens Councillor Max Phillips has presented Federal Transport Minister (and local MP) Anthony Albanese with 130 letters supporting Max’s proposals to limit flights over the Inner West.Max began collecting letters in December after learning of the impact the “Airport Master Plan” would have on the Inner West.

The Greens ran information booths for residents in Stanmore, Marrickville, Dulwich Hill and Norton Street – you can read more on Max’s attempts to convince Anthony Albanese that flights should be limited over the Inner West in the Inner West Courier

Labor stacks Sydney Airport Community Forum


At the initial Council Meeting of the new Council, I was elected a delegate to the ‘Sydney Airport Community Consultative Committee.  Unfortunately, this body no longer exists, having been replaced by the Sydney Airport Community Forum (SACF). TAA 727 flies low over Sydney

The Council therefore had to appoint for SACF and Greens Councillor Peter Olive nominated me as the ‘alternate delegate’ to the Mayor, however, all four Labor councillors and the Independents voted to have a council bureaucrat be the delegate instead of a Greens Councillor.

Sydney Airport is a sensative issue for Labor.  More so now that local member, Anthony Albanese, is the Federal Transport Minister in charge of the Airport.  Clearly Labor were seeking to protect Albanese from any political dramas over the airport by stopping a Green going on the SACF.

Looking further into who are the members of SACF on their website, I noticed that the ‘Community Forum’ was in fact full of Labor Party hacks.  Ex-Mayor of Marrickville, Labor’s Barry Cotter is Marrickville’s ‘community representative’.  South Sydney’s ‘community representative’ is ex-Mayor of South Sydney, Labor’s Vic Smith.

Albanese as Minister appoints the ‘community representatives’ and is clearly stacking the forum with Labor mates.

Other members of SACF include representatives from Labor MPs offices, such as Carmel Tebbutt, the member for Marrickville and Albanese’s wife!

If it were really an ‘Community Forum’, a Greens councillor would be an appropraite delegate, and a community representative such as Alan Rees from No Aircraft Noise, would be appointed.

It is disappointing that the ‘fresh Labor team’ is up to the same old tricks. 

Councillor Max Phillips