WHILE community members have welcomed the green light for a second Sydney airport, concerns have been raised about the impact it would really have on regional NSW.
This week the Federal government announced it would soon break groundon the Badgerys Creek airport, with the first stage finished in the mid 2020s.
As the region continues to fight for time slots into the state’s capital, Councillor Juanita Wilson said there’d need to be transport infrastructure into Sydneybefore regional travellers could benefit.
Cr Wilson had earlier lobbied council to make a united push with other regions to solve the city’s current slot woes.
“I’m really pleased it’s been given the go ahead, but not much has been said on who the intended traffic is –domestic or overseas,” she said.
“There doesn’t seem to be a rail link intended or factored in at all which is a bit of a concern.
“If regional air traffic is intended, efficient access into the city is essential to make the best use of time for business travel and other travel.”
Cr Wilson said while the new airport would not help the current slot crisis, she said it would “ease a critical situation down the track.”
New England MP Barnaby Joyce said he hoped the new airport paved the way for other methods of getting to and from Sydney with Tamworth being a central point.
“I hope in time we have the greater capacity for inter-modal access through places such as Tamworth,” hesaid.
“Whilst you can fly into Badgerys Creek to fly off somewhere else, I hope in the future you can fly into Tamworth to fly somewhere else – even if you don’t want to say in Tamworth
“In the future I hope we can use other towns, where it’s Tamworth or Toowoomba, If you need to go somewhere else, you can hub out of another town. We do need to deal with the fact that Sydney is running out of slots this allows us to get more slots.”
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