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Airport masterplan needs fixing

Airport masterplan needs fixing With the Bankstown Airport and precinct set to expand over the next 20 years, City of Canterbury Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour said more planning must be done before it can properly take off. No  

​With the Bankstown Airport and precinct set to expand over the next 20 years, City of Canterbury Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour said more planning must be done before it can properly take off.

The Bankstown Airport’s Draft Master Plan 2019 – on exhibition until Friday 25 January 2019 – and the Draft Major Development Plan for the South West Precinct – on exhibition until Friday 21 December 2018 – proposes to:

  • Amend zoning in the Bankstown Airport precinct;
  • Expand the Aircraft Noise Exposure Forecast boundaries;
  • Create additional industrial and retail/commercial developments;
  • Develop up to a 35,000sqm warehouse;
  • Construct a new road connecting Milperra Road and Tower Road;
  • Enhance existing intersections at Murray Jones Drive and Milperra Road;
  • Undertake earthworks to raise the site above the 1-in-100-year flood level; and
  • Build five on-site detention basins.

"We support the viable growth of the Bankstown Airport as an aviation hub and key transport gateway, but we have concerns with the plans as they currently stand," Mayor Asfour said.

"Our main concern revolves around the lack of community infrastructure to support the increased development, and how it will affect the adjoining residential community and environment.

"We are also concerned about a potential spike in retail development, which runs the very real prospect of taking business opportunities and jobs away from our local centres."

The issues Council will raise in its submissions on the plans, include:

  • Retail outside existing town centres – If a rapid rate of retail development occurs in the airport, there will be increased pressure on traffic congestion. Retail precincts work best when they are situated near a higher concentration of residents, services and public transport services.
  • Traffic demand and road infrastructure – Council will call for a transport strategy to be developed for the site. Council is also adamant that a long-term strategy, outlining alternative transport options for the site, such as public and active transport, be included in the plans.
  • Noise impact – If the existing Australian Noise Exposure Forecast is expanded, more than 2,200 residential properties may need double glazed windows, to reduce noise.
  • Flood implications – The Draft Masterplan and Draft Development Plan does not include a flood impact statement, or mitigation measures, that are consistent with the NSW Flood Policy.
  • Site contamination – Council believes a NSW Accredited Site Auditor should be appointed to oversee the site contamination issues at the airport. Previously there has been inconsistencies with the remediation of the site. The latest report confirms the presence of asbestos in landfill from 2008.

Mayor Asfour said he was confident that with continued collaboration, the site would be key to transforming Canterbury-Bankstown and continue to be an important asset to the city.

"So far, I have had positive interactions with the new Bankstown Airport owners and management and have been happy with the collaborative approach to date. I look forward to continuing this relationship and discussing the future of the site,’ Mayor Asfour said.

To make your own submission, go to www.sydneymetroairports.com.au


 12/02/2019 9:53 AM