A RENEWED push for a Badgerys Creek airport hit turbulence at Penrith Council on Monday.
Councillor Kevin Crameri told the meeting that western Sydney's residents were being ignored by big interests that were pushing for the airport.
"A lot of business people want it, but what about the 50,000 people who live under the flight path?" Cr Crameri said.
"We're getting big glossy brochures about the airport from the business community; they want it.
"A lot of MPs in the inner city want it [at Badgerys Creek] too."
He said many people had moved to the Penrith region for cleaner air and less noise, including from aircraft.
"It's the people of Penrith we should consider," Cr Crameri said.
"I don't care about these business people wanting to make money."
He called for "an urgent report" on the reasons Penrith Council opposed the building of a Badgerys Creek airport back in 1992.
Penrith Chamber of Commerce president Peter McGhee said an airport was about more than businesses wanting to make money.
"We want to get employment growth for western Sydney," Mr McGhee said.
"We've got a 200,000 jobs deficit in western Sydney; that's likely to double over the next 20 years.
"That means more people getting to work on the roads and the trains; that's unsustainable."
He said people had talked about creating more jobs in western Sydney for the past 40 years but nothing had happened.
"We need something to create jobs," he said. "An airport is a perfect catalyst."
Mr McGhee said he acknowledged that there were environmental and lifestyle concerns associated with such a project, but he believed those could be taken into consideration.
"Western Sydney is bigger than Adelaide, Brisbane or Perth and all those cities have international airports," he said.
"Why not western Sydney?"
Penrith councillor John Thain said if western Sydney residents now favoured building a local international airport, "well and good".
"But people have not been breaking down my doors demanding an airport at Badgerys Creek," Cr Thain said.
"It's a discussion we need to have with our constituents."
- See also the story on page 3, covering a new report commissioned by the NSW Business Chamber.
A Penrith Chamber of Commerce luncheon, addressed by the Sydney Business Chamber's western area director David Borger, covers the economic implications of a Badgerys Creek airport, at Penrith Panthers this Friday.