Federal Government rejects Bankstown Airport Master Plan

Federal Member for Blaxland, Jason Clare MP, today welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to reject Bankstown Airport’s 2010 draft Master Plan.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese announced today he is not satisfied that the draft plan gave the community sufficient information to allow for proper consultation.

In his announcement today, the Minister also made it clear that Bankstown will not be Sydney’s second airport.

The proposed Master Plan sought approval for up to 32 passenger flights a day, seven days a week.

Bankstown Airport is now required to develop and submit a new master plan following proper community consultation.

“This is a good result. The Gillard Labor Government has listened to the community and now I call on Bankstown Airport to do the same,” Mr Clare said.

“It is clear our local community don’t want large passenger aircraft services in Bankstown – 98 per cent of the submissions I received from local residents were opposed to the introduction of large passenger aircraft,” Mr Clare said.

“The airport is a great place to create local jobs. But is a bad place for large passenger aircraft,” Mr Clare said.

“I urge the Airport to remove any plans to expand passenger aircraft services at Bankstown before resubmitting a new draft Master Plan to the Federal Government,” Mr Clare said.

“I want to thank Federal MP for Banks Daryl Melham, East Hills MP Alan Ashton and Bankstown Mayor Tania Mihailuk for their continued support in opposing large passenger aircraft at Bankstown,” Mr Clare said.

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