The Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue has welcomed the Federal Opposition’s commitment to fund a fuel-pipeline to Western Sydney Airport (WSA) should it be elected later this month, in a move that will cut the number of truck movements in the region.
The Dialogue has been campaigning for the introduction of fuel-pipeline for almost 12 months and said today’s announcement by Federal Labor MP Anthony Albanese would not only relieve congestion, and help save lives, but also ensure future fuel demands are met.
“This is an opportunity to get ahead of the game, and instead of playing catch-up, let’s build the underground fuel network now, as we know we’re most definitely going to need it in 20 years’ time,” Dialogue Executive Director, Adam Leto, said.
“Taking 65 highly-combustible Avgas trucks off the roads daily is a no-brainer and this pipeline will also ensure WSA remains globally-competitive and is supported by an efficient, open, competitive fuel supply,” he said.
“In order to improve safety, and to help free up the roads for Western Sydney motorists, there should be absolutely no delay installing this pipeline.
“The new fuel pipeline will ensure WSA can maximise its operations without unnecessarily burdening residents who live in the surrounding Aerotropolis by cutting out excessive truck movements between Clyde or Port Botany fuel terminals to WSA,” he said.
However, the Dialogue believes that there needs to be more than just a dedicated aviation fuel pipeline to WSA, preferring the development of a regional fuel depot to service the massive growth area of west and south west Sydney.
“We cannot continue to allow thousands of fuel tankers to drive from Kurnell each day to the hundreds of petrol stations across suburban Sydney. We must have a proper pipeline network that brings most of the fuel to the region underground, greatly reducing the environmental impact of tanker distribution and the threat this poses to the safety of local communities,” Mr Leto said.
Last year, the Federal Government commissioned Deloitte to examine the issues and options around fuel supply to WSA but this is the first time a major party has committed to fund the project.
According to the report, without a pipeline, it is estimated that up to 65 trucks per day will be required to service WSA, running from either the Clyde or Port Botany fuel terminals by road.
“We are building a city the size of Adelaide in Western Sydney over the next 30 years and in addition to supplying the Airport a pipeline will also enable the establishment of fuel storage and distribution infrastructure, servicing our increasing population, businesses and industrial needs,” Mr Leto said.
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