Airport Western Parkland City
The sentiments among various local groups supporting the proposed airport for Western Parkland City, Sydney, Australia include new job opportunities, increase ease of transportation, and contribution to sustainable living. The sentiments against this proposal include the unrealistic proposal of job opportunities, unfavorable climate conditions for workers, insufficient focus on education, no competitive edge, and challenges with railway construction.
SENTIMENTS IN SUPPORT OF THE PROPOSED WESTERN PARKLAND CITY AIRPORT
1. NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES
- Liberal Senator, Marise Payne believes that with proper planning, sufficient job opportunities could be created due to the construction of the airport.
- Her view is supported by Minister Fletcher and Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, Alan Tudge.
- The spokesperson for the Greater Sydney Commission, Amadou Doumbia believes that the government’s plans are admirable but also acknowledges that there will likely be challenges in changing people’s perception of Sydney and to get on board with the proposal.
- 3% of construction contracts will be awarded to aboriginal firms.
2. INCREASE EASE OF TRANSPORTATION
- Architect Craig Allchin believes that the development will benefit Sydney as it involves integrating the rail link.
- According to the Western Sydney Rail Needs Scoping Study, 54% of the respondents are in favor of the construction of the north-south railway.
3. Contribution TO SUSTAINABLE LIVING
- Graham Millett, the chief executive of Western Sydney Airport Corporation, believes the development will be beneficial during peak hours.
- Neil Hill, the lead architect at Woods Bagot believes that the development will contribute to sustainable living.
SENTIMENTS AGAINST THE PROPOSED WESTERN PARKLAND CITY AIRPORT
1. UNREALISTIC JOB OPPORTUNITIES PROPOSED
- Phillip O’Neill, a geographer at Western Sydney University, does not believe that building the airport can solve the existing “jobs slide” where there will be a shortage of 210,000 jobs by 2036.
- Several politicians believed that building a High-Speed Rail would be better at creating job opportunities.
- Labor market researcher, Dr. Ian Watson, believes that the government has overstated the job claims associated with the development.
2. UNFAVORABLE CLIMATE CONDITIONS FOR WORKERS
- Rob Roggema, an expert on sustainable urbanism and climate adaptation, was against the idea of people working at an area where the summer temperature could reach fifty degree Celsius.
- Glen Searle, an associate professor in planning at the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland, believes that the climate in Western Sydney is linked to the lack of jobs and cultural facilities.
3. OTHER ISSUES
- Andy Marks, the assistant vice-chancellor of strategy and policy at Western Sydney University, felt that the investments should go into providing skills for residents and increase educational opportunities.
- Robert Freestone, a professor from the department of planning at the University of New South Wales, is concerned about the competition that the proposed airport will face against the well-established Kingsford Smith Airport.
- Searle also believes that the construction of railways will take a longer time than estimated.