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Feb 16, 2013

Sydney media tests the election cycle over Badgerys Creek

Can common sense and economic necessity break the rule that a second Sydney Airport is out of bounds for politics in an election year at any level of government? It was th

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Can common sense and economic necessity break the rule that a second Sydney Airport is out of bounds for politics in an election year at any level of government?

It was the Sydney Morning Herald which gave the notion a nudge today, with a report on further business and local government support for Badgerys Creek with a notably useful interactive graphic of the relevant noise contours for the existing airport and the proposed dual runway configuration of the Sydney West development.

The SMH and The Telegraph have been competing in the airport coverage stakes, and for those of us concerned about the future of the media as well as Sydney, this is good.

At the moment the coverage suggests two very unusual things are happening. One is that there is a major shift in public opinion toward building Badgerys Creek, and the other is that it is no longer a taboo topic in a federal election year.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands has reported and analysed the mechanical mobility of humanity since late 1960 - the end of the age of great scheduled ocean liners and coastal steamers and the start of the jet age. He’s worked in newspapers, radio and TV in a wide range of roles as a journalist at home and abroad for 56 years, the last 18 freelance.

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4 thoughts on “Sydney media tests the election cycle over Badgerys Creek

  1. Fueldrum

    So 300 homes, or 30,000 homes exposed?

    A lot of people in Western Sydney don’t realise how far away from the flight paths they will be. Still, they do provide good cannon fodder for politicians to scare them and ‘heroically’ take their votes.

  2. ltfisher

    I have a problem getting the graphic of the noise contours Ben. Any chance you can Help?

  3. john smith

    Ben,

    As the election draws near it will be fascinating whether the owners of Sydney Airport still insist with a few cap and curfew tweaks, its all good til 2045!!

  4. Ben Sandilands

    Perplexed by graphics problem which I fear is the same one that dogs all on-line publications. Incompatible software.

    That isn’t a criticism of the industry but a reflection on the near impossibility of making all graphics work exactly the same in every type of computer and latest iterations of software.

    On mine the tabs at the top left of the graphic select the airport, and the noise buttons work fine.

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