Apr 21, 2006

Macquarie again rides roughshod over residents

Macquarie again rides roughshod over residents

MEDIA RELEASE – ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

21 April 2006

Anthony Albanese MP, Federal Member for Grayndler has again raised his opposition to the way the Macquarie Bank owned Sydney Airport is exploiting Commonwealth legislation to conceal their revised retail plan for KSA.

While the original $200 million mega-mall proposal has been rightly scuttled, the new plans will not be subject to public consultation.

Macquarie will instead go straight to the Federal Government to seek approval, sidestepping any further community consolation.

“It is outrageous that a significant re-zoning and development of this scale can go straight to the desk of the Transport Minister without the details even being revealed to the public,” said Mr Albanese.

Mr Albanese said, “These proposals continue to be not about improving services to travellers but all about exploiting the absence of planning regulations and environmental controls.”

“The notion that Macquarie Airports have run KSA in a ‘seamless and sensitive way’ is laughable.”

“Since the Howard government sold Sydney Airport to the Macquarie Bank-led consortium in 2002 for $5.6 billion, the taxpayer has continued to pay.”

“However the $4 trolley hire and $2 taxi surcharge will look like peanuts compared to the deficit that NSW taxpayers will shell out to meet the infrastructure shortfall created by this new retail precinct.”

“This arrogant government is more concerned with the link with Max Moore-Wilton and others than with listening to the concerns of residents and business owners in Grayndler.”

“Continual breaches of the curfew and of aircraft movement caps are just another symptom of the arrogant disregard that this government has for the residents of my electorate,” Mr Albanese said.