Sixth Meeting - 17 February 1997
MAJOR ISSUES RAISED BY MEMBERS DURING DISCUSSION OF THE LONG TERM OPERATING PLAN FOR SYDNEY AIRPORT AND ASSOCIATED AIRSPACE
A divergent range of opinions was expressed on whether the proposed distribution of aircraft movements was equitable. Points made in relation to the plan included:
- that there will still be too many take-offs to the north
- that there will be too many heavy jets arriving over Marrickville
- a substantial proportion of movements will be shifted from the north to the Earlwood area which was previously outside the 20 ANEF zone
- the plan is unfair to Kurnell residents
- there will be a bias toward parallel operations over the longer term.
Issues on which a need for further analysis/clarification of the plan was seen as desirable included:
- runway requirements of long haul jets
- the trident
- safety analysis
- independent assessment of environmental impact
- possible conflict with Second Sydney Airport (SSA) flight paths
- a need to demonstrate the targets can be achieved
- the continuing availability of some modes in the light of forecast traffic increases.
Other issues that were emphasised in discussion included:
- the need for a legislated cap of 80 aircraft movements per hour at KSA and for the curfew to be maintained
- an early decision on a Second Sydney Airport (SSA)
- a need to educate the community in how the airport operates
- implementation as soon as possible
- the early establishment of an Implementation and Monitoring Committee.