Fiery public meeting: A 300 strong crowd voice their opposition to the Badgerys Creek airport.

Fiery public meeting: A 300 strong crowd voice their opposition to the Badgerys Creek airport. Photo: Alexandra Back

A former minister for western Sydney has copped the brunt of the region’s anger over the proposal for a second airport at Badgerys Creek at a fiery public forum on Tuesday night.

Panellist David Borger, who is now a director of the Sydney Business Chamber, came out in strong support for the aiport and said western Sydney needed Badgerys Creek for jobs.

But Joanne Crosthwaite, who fought against a Badgerys Creek airport 20 years ago, said that jobs did not amount to a decent quality of life in a place where many people came to grow flowers and keep chickens.

Resistance: Placards at the Town Hall.

Resistance: Placards at the Town Hall. Photo: Alexandra Back

"People are being sold a furphy in that it’s fait accompli, you’ve got to have the airport … we’ve got to have the airport for jobs."

"Yes we have to have jobs, yes we have to have growth in the economy but we have to protect quality of life,” she said, adding that smarter solutions were needed to address those issues.

Residents used the public forum to challenge Mr Borger’s claims, drowning out his responses with boos.

"Mr Borger, I think you’re playing smoke and mirrors with the numbers," one man from St Clair said to the forum.

Resident Tony Tabone raised concern over the airport’s environmental and health impacts. He also talked about the community's strong support for a high-speed train network to solve transport problems.

Leader of the NSW Opposition, Labor MP John Robertson, appeared later in the evening to affirm his support for the airport.

His comments were met with more loud opposition and timid applause from a small group of Badgerys Creek airport supporters sitting up the back.

Ms Crosthwaite said there was a sense of betrayal from local politicians who once opposed the airport but now supported it.

It is clear that those arguing in favour of the Badgerys Creek airport have a battle ahead of them in selling the airport to western Sydney residents.

"It’s not very difficult to read the mood of the room tonight," Jai Martinkovits, Executive Director of CANdo.org.au said as he noted the hostility towards Badgerys Creek.

About 300 people turned up to Bowman Hall in Blacktown to hear from the expert panel that included Stephen Bali, Mark Lennon, David Borger and Jai Martinkovits.