Western Sydneysiders have been promised the noise created by planes arriving at the city’s second airport will be no worse than a car on a suburban street.
But business leaders say a bigger headache looms, with the federal government floating a preliminary plan for Badgerys Creek without provision for a ready-to-go rail link.
The draft along with an environmental impact statement released by Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss on Monday suggest long-mooted fears about noise and air pollution from the airport are unfounded.
As a result of clearing this environmental hurdle, construction of Sydney’s second airport could start by the end of next year.
The public will have 60 days to have their say on the federal government’s preliminary plan, which includes an initial single runway with a second expected around 2050.
It is anticipated 11,000 jobs will be created from the time bulldozers hit the ground in mid-2016 until the first stage of construction is complete.
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