Central Coast Business Chamber Support For Airport
The Central Coast NSW Business Chamber said it was supportive of developing a regional airport for the Central Coast and encouraged a community debate about what the benefits of a local airport would mean for jobs and business growth.
“It’s time we seriously consider what the benefits of a local airport would be for the Central Coast in terms of job opportunities and economic growth,” said Daniel Farmer, Regional Manager of the Central Coast NSW Business Chamber.
“I’m very pleased to see the Wyong Council outline a bold vision for building a job generating piece of critical infrastructure.
“I know the usual critics will be out in force saying ‘not in our backyard’ but the problem with that mentality is that we have to travel to someone else’s backyard to find jobs”
“If we are serious about creating more and better paid local jobs, then we have to be serious about infrastructure developments like a regional airport.”
Central Coast airport a great idea – if we can land it
Supporters of Wyong Shire’s proposed regional airport say it will turbocharge the Central Coast economy and provide much-needed jobs for the region’s young.
While some residents expressed concern about noise impacts, businesses, civic leaders and other locals gave the idea the thumbs up and urged governments to press ahead.
A 900ha site at Bushells Ridge, big enough to serve as a second airport for Sydney, has been identified in council’s draft Local Environment Plan 2012 which is now on public exhibition for six weeks.
The proposed site is close to the suburb of San Remo but Neighbourhood Centre CEO Jillian Hogan said she believed an airport would be welcomed by the majority of residents.
“It would be good for employment, tourism and the economy,” she said.
“You can clearly hear the noise from trains so I don’t think the added noise from modern planes would be an issue.”
“Build the bloody airport, we need the jobs on the coast,” he commented on the Express Advocate’s Facebook page.