MEDIA STATEMENT – Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport

MEDIA STATEMENT – Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport

Tuesday, 24 October 2023

Penrith City Council welcomes the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to understand the plans to mitigate the impacts on residents and the environment with the opening of Western Sydney International (WSI) Airport.

This release of the draft EIS is a significant step towards realising the great opportunities the airport will bring for our City through increased jobs, infrastructure and investment.

Penrith City Council encourages the community to find out more about the airport, the EIS and flight paths by attending one of the Australian Government’s community information events. There are a number being held locally in the coming weeks, more information is available here:

Quotes to be attributed to Penrith Mayor Todd Carney:

“Penrith City Council is learning about the EIS at the same time as the rest of the community today. I want to reinforce that Council needs time to understand the comprehensive document, including the impacts on our residents and the environment, and the measures proposed for mitigating how it will affect residents and the environment.”

“The release of the EIS gives us the opportunity to go through what the impacts are on our community, but also to see how those noise mitigation measures in particular will actually work within our community.”

“We have the opportunity to have our say and also to make sure that if there are some extra measures we can put in place, we do that through our submission to the EIS.”

“The investment in Western Sydney International Airport and associated infrastructure is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. However, that must be balanced with the liveability of our area as one of the fastest growing in the state.”

“I encourage the community to seek out their own information on the EIS too and to attend one of the community information events, and make a submission on what they would like to see from the EIS.”

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Tuesday, 24 October 2023.