Anti-airport activists are hoping to meet with Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg in coming weeks now that the final federal government report on the environmental impacts in Badgerys Creek Airport has been released to the public.
Residents Against Western Sydney Sydney Airport [RAWSA] president Peter Dollin said they had recently met with Opposition Environment Minister Tony Burke at MP Susan Templeman’s Windsor office “and I understand that Josh Frydenberg's office may be contacting us for a meeting as well”.
The group has grown in membership since starting last year with “71 paid up members and 57 volunteers on our records … with 2,755 Facebook followers,” he said.
The group has written 13 research papers on aspects relating to the airport which they have shared with politicians and other important stakeholders, Mr Dollin said.
Ms Templeman said she had written letters to the minister appealing for him to meet with both RAWSA and the Blue Mountains Conservation Society as they were “integral” in informing the community and scrutinising the second airport proposal.
“During the EIS process in the 1990s similar groups were provided with the opportunity to meet with government ministers and community representatives,” she said.
The minister will make a final decision on the airport EIS in November. The Gazette has asked the minister’s office about the mooted meeting but has yet to receive a response.