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Sydney Airport Master Plan Air Pollution

Estimates & Committees
Scott Ludlam 30 Oct 2010

Senator Ludlam asked:

Senator LUDLAM-You may look at it. The master plan expresses air pollution in a different format to the previous master plan in the third runway EIS. I am not a specialist in this area particularly. Can you talk us through the difference in methodology that has been used to assess urban air pollution in the area? What was the reasoning for the change in methodology between one plan and the next?

Mr Doherty-That is not an issue that anyone at the table could deal with, from memory.

Senator LUDLAM-Is that a fair characterisation of the situation?

Mr Doherty-I do not know.

Mr Mrdak-We will have to take that on notice.


Sydney Airport Corporation Limited's (SACL) approach to air quality and emissions is set out in the Sydney Airport 2004 Master Plan (page 127) and the Sydney Airport 2009 Master Plan (page 157) respectively. SACL's reasoning for the change in predicted emissions between the two Master Plans is explained on page 157-158 of the 2009 Master Plan.

Senator Ludlam asked:

Senator LUDLAM-Firstly, why was the airport not required to use a consistent format between the two master plans? I would have thought that would have been a fairly reasonable expectation so that we could draw a correct comparison between the current one and the most recent one. Can you provide for us a way of interpreting the changed methodology between the two studies? That would be appreciated. Can you table all
material that relates to air pollution within the current master plan? Are there any supporting documents that would help us make an assessment about how that has been considered?

Mr Wilson-We will certainly take those on notice.

Senator LUDLAM-There was a health study of Kurnell residents by Black et al in 2007 which showed elevated blood pressure among residents of that region. There are obviously people living a lot closer to the footprint of the airport-in Marrickville, Mascot, Rockdale, the surrounding suburbs and so on. There is medical evidence on the table obviously that the existing level of air traffic is affecting people's health. What
work are you doing within the scope of the current master plan or within the estimates of future traffic into and out of that airport about direct health impacts on residents in close proximity to the airport?

Mr Wilson-I certainly am not aware of the health study by Black in regard to Kurnell. I am not certain any of the officers at the table are aware of the report. We can have a look at the report and provide the committee with some advice on that.


Air quality or emissions reporting is not a technical content requirement of a Master Plan (MP) under the Airports Act 1996.

Air pollutants at the airport site are addressed on page 157 of the Sydney Airport 2009 MP which is available at: <>.

Supporting documentation as listed in the Sydney Airport 2009 MP Bibliography is held by Sydney Airport Corporation Limited.

The Government recognises the adverse impacts of aircraft noise and the need to manage these impacts. Chapter 14 of the National Aviation Policy White Paper contains a range of initiatives aimed at minimising the impact of aircraft noise on communities. In Sydney these measures include maintaining the Sydney Airport curfew, the existing hourly cap on aircraft movements and the noise-sharing initiative through the Long Term Operating Plan.



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