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Business interests represented in the Sydney Airport Community Forum

Release Date: 13/10/2014
The Sydney Business Chamber has welcomed changes to the structure of the Sydney Airport Community Forum (SACF), bringing SACF closer in line with other community aviation consultation groups Australia-wide.
Patricia Forsythe, Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber said, “The extension of the committee to include industry associations representing key business sectors, the Sydney Business Chamber and the Tourism Transport Forum, highlights the important role the airport plays in the economy of Sydney, New South Wales and the entire nation.
“The Chamber has long advocated for a broadening of the SACF membership to ensure business is represented, reflecting the strong contribution the airport makes to the economy and tourism, while recognising that local communities have a valid voice in the policies that underpin airport operation.
“The Kingsford Smith Airport precinct generates $10.5 billion in economic activity and handles more than $60 billion of freight each year[1], which represents six per cent of the GDP of NSW and two per cent of the nation’s economy.
Mrs Forsythe said that The Sydney Business Chamber will use the forum to argue for a relaxation of regulations that impact on the efficiency of the airport.
“Our first priority is the 15 minute cap which restricts the number of airline movements per 15 minutes, making it difficult for the airport to make adjustments such as due to fog or high winds.
The Sydney Business Chamber is also on record as having called for the cap on movements to be lifted at least to 85.
Mrs Forsythe said whilst she is aware of the strong community views around airline activity, she is also well aware that Sydney airport is one of the most significant employment hubs in Sydney and it must be supported to operate at maximum efficiency.
Media contact: Patricia Forsythe 0418 165 466 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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