New entrance causes concern
TORCH Newspaper 06/02/2002
IT is amazing to think that the Manager of Bankstown Airport is claiming (Torch 23/01/02) that an additional entrance to the airport from Milperra Road would alleviate serious traffic problems in the area.
It is obvious that most of the traffic problems have been created by allowing too many traffic generating businesses to be established in the south east corner of the airport.
The proposed entry is within a few metres of the Henry Lawson Drive intersection, and common sense tells us that vehicloes entering at this point will present a servere safety hazard as they slow down and turn off Milperra Road into the airport.
The Airport authority has a long history of undertaking environmentally unsound developments within the airport such as placement of landfill and in-ground petrol storage tanks in flood-prone land adjacent to the Georges River. Nobody knows what impact these developments will have on future flood events, but it can be assumed that flood patterns and speed of flow will be significantly altered.
Now they expect to obtain public (crown) land to use for a roadway to enhance the airport’s potential for further development and expansion. If the proposed ‘land swap’ goes ahead, you can be sure that an exit from the airport back on to Milperra Road will be provided somewhere near the Putt Putt course.
I strongly oppose the expansion of Bankstown airport and I’m pleased that Crs Stromborg and Winterbottom are moving to have Bankstown Council rescind its previous recommendation to the Minister for Land and Water Conservation, as previously requested by many Bankstown residents, including myself.