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The Liverpool City Council has announced in its draft budget that it will be setting aside $100,000 to set up a special taskforce to investigate the impacts that Badgerys Creek airport will have on the local area.
The new taskforce will be formed in November and their duty will be to figure out how Liverpool is likely to be affected by the new airport, and what can be done to make the most of any potential benefits whilst avoiding any risks to the area. The findings from the taskforce will be used by Liverpool City Council to develop an airport precinct strategy.
So far, news of the second Sydney airport has already caused controversy in Western Sydney, with many concerned about possible issues such as noise pollution or transport issues.
The state government did announce last week however that they plan to reserve a new rail corridor in Western Sydney from the existing St Marys Station down to Narellan in the South, to service the airport in the future.
The proposal also includes plans to build new rail stations at Badgerys Creek, Rossmore, Bringelly, North Bringelly, Oran Park and Narellan, with possibly more stations down the track.
Hopefully the Badgerys Creek airport results in positive changes for the Liverpool region, and it is good to see that measures are at least being made so that the local area can plan adequately for the changes to come.
For those interested in learning more about the railway extension, head to www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects-swrl-extension-corridor-protection.
What do locals think about the new transport plans for the Badgerys Creek Airport? What else should be done in the lead up to the new airport?