Badgerys Creek airport welcome - with a curfew, says Mitchell MP

MITCHELL federal MP Alex Hawke told Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday he preferred Badgerys Creek airport to have a curfew, the same as Sydney Airport.

The western Sydney consultative committee, on which he sits, had met for dinner in Mr Abbott’s prime ministerial suite to go over their concerns about the proposed airport.

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‘‘It was a broad-ranging discussion about a second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek and what the views of the community were on that from the different electorates, including mine,’’ Mr Hawke said.

‘‘I raised, in particular, the need for a good quality infrastructure package to ensure that the necessary road and rail upgrades are fully funded and in place and also expressed concerns about curfews and the type of airport that it would be.

‘‘I’m generally supportive of arrangements similar to [Sydney] Kingsford Smith Airport.’’

Sydney Airport has an 11pm to 6am curfew on flights to and from Mascot, and a cap of 80 flights an hour.

Also on the consultative committee are Senator for NSW Marise Payne and federal MPs Fiona Scott (Lindsay), Louise Markus (Macquarie), Craig Laundy (Reid), Russell Matheson (Macarthur), Craig Kelly (Hughes), John Alexander (Bennelong), David Coleman (Banks) and Nick Varvaris (Barton).

The meeting follows the Prime Minister’s announcement that the government planned to repeal part three of the Qantas Sale Act, and came as expectations grow that cabinet could decide as soon as this month on the fate of the second airport.

‘‘I think the meeting was a good meeting,’’ Mr Hawke said.

A report by Deloitte Access Economics stated western Sydney would ‘‘benefit immensely from having a local airport’’.

According to the Economic Impact of a Western Sydney Airport report, ‘‘an airport operating from 2027 will generate close to an additional 30,000 jobs and $9 billion in economic output for western Sydney by 2050’’.

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