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Senator Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Media Release

Public Consultation on Sydney's Second Major Airport

19 July 1996

The Minister for the Environment, Senator Robert Hill, said today a public consultative process for Sydney's second major airport to be built at either Badgerys Creek or Holsworthy would begin next week.

Senator Hill said the Department of Transport and Regional Development would prepare an Envirorunental Impact Statement (EIS) covering both site options. Draft guidelines would be available for public comment until 19 August 1996.

The Minister said the Coverrmient was meeting its election commitment to an open and visible consultative process on Sydney's second airport.

"Considerable work has already been done on the Badgerys Creek option.

"Revised draft guidelines, which will include the Holsworthy option, will now be made available to the public for comment.

"I encourage residents, community groups and councils to take part in the consultative process in a constructive way.

"The Environment Protection Agency will finalise those guidelines taking into account comments received on both options including those submitted earlier this year," Senator Hill said.

The process will be managed by the Environment Protection Agency under the provisions of the Environment Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act 1974.

The draft guidelines will be available from Monday 22 July by calling toll free 1800 811 109.

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