UNITED NATIONS WEILDS BULLYING STICK
By BIANCA BARDEN
July 6 2019
This week, the United Nations World Heritage Committee slapped a 'caveat' on Sydney's Warragamba Dam. See related story here.
Now they have their eyes set firmly on controlling the flight plans for Badgery's Creek Airport, set to be built by 2026.
The World Heritage Committee demanded, by slapping a caveat on Warragamba Dam, an EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) before the planned project of raising the dam wall 14m could be approved. The government agreed to supply the United Nations with the EIS by December 2021.
However the committee have additionally demanded final flight path data for the new Badgery's Creek Airport, which is currently under construction, which could possibly mean that flights are re-routed over significantly populated areas instead of the Blue Mountains, the majority of which consists of a National Park.
According the The Australian, The World Heritage Committee said "inundation of any areas within the Blue Mountains World Heritage property was likely to impact on its outstanding universal value." The committee reaffirmed that it considered the construction of dams with large reservoirs within the boundaries of World Heritage properties as incompatible with their World Heritage status.
The committee noted advice from Australia that development of Western Sydney Airport might result in “some noise impacts on amenity within the property”.
These could be minimised through the airspace and flight path design.
The World Heritage committee has also taken its big stick to the Federal Government, warning that it must restrict any future mining bo