Resident action ... Ed Husic says his constituents oppose the Badgerys plan. Photo: Gary Warrick
ANOTHER airport in Sydney's west would worsen air pollution, traffic congestion and quality of life in the area, according to a backbench MP.
The comments by Ed Husic, whose federal seat of Chifley adjoins Badgerys Creek, are a blow to the prospect of a bipartisan approach to fixing on another airport site for Sydney, with the Labor MP saying the airport would not win the support of residents.
There has been a renewed push in the past year by some politicians and business people to re-establish Badgerys Creek as a site for a second airport in Sydney.
The Sydney Business Chamber supports it and a forthcoming report commissioned by the Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, into an alternative site at Wilton is expected to reveal large problems with that option, leaving Badgerys as the remaining viable choice to allow more planes to fly through Sydney.
But western Sydney MPs from both sides of politics would be determined to kill the project, despite claims by business groups another airport would bring more jobs and economic activity to the region.
Mr Husic responded on Tuesday to reported comments by Joe Hockey, the shadow treasurer, who has long backed another Sydney airport. Mr Hockey said there ''should be no barrier to Badgerys Creek''.
Mr Husic said: ''According to Joe Hockey and the federal Coalition it doesn't matter what western Sydney thinks - we're getting an airport, like it or not.
''And there are a lot of people in western Sydney that don't want it, which is why both sides of politics had previously ruled out Badgerys.
''Most western Sydney residents lose nearly two hours each day commuting to the city for work. Imagine what it will be like when peak-hour traffic competes with airport traffic … and on environmental and health grounds this will worsen the quality of life in western Sydney.''
Other MPs in the area, such as the Liberal member for Macarthur, Russell Matheson, have stated their hostility to a Badgerys airport.
Despite Mr Hockey's comments, the Coalition is not about to release a policy on Sydney's second airport.
A spokesman for the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, said: ''While we welcome debate about Sydney's future aviation needs, the Coalition has absolutely no plans for a second airport at Badgerys Creek.''
And Labor does not have a position on where another Sydney airport should sit, despite saying one is needed.