Campaign signs to ward off planes

A big no: Wollondilly councillor Robert Khan, with deputy general manager Luke Johnson, is lobbying against plans to investigate Wilton as a site for a second Sydney airport. Picture: Simon Bennett
A big no: Wollondilly councillor Robert Khan, with deputy general manager Luke Johnson, is lobbying against plans to investigate Wilton as a site for a second Sydney airport. Picture: Simon Bennett

WOLLONDILLY councillor Robert Khan has launched an independent campaign against the federal government's bid to investigate Wilton as a site for a second Sydney airport.

Cr Khan, who is lobbying in addition to the council's campaign, said he had received a "unanimous rejection" from residents for the proposed site.

He said he would construct large signs leading in and out of the shire saying "No airport at Wilton".

"My intention is to ensure the message is delivered to the government, loud and clear, that the people of Wollondilly shire wish to see the withdrawal of Wilton as a possible site for Sydney's major airport," he said.

Cr Khan said an airport would "disrupt" the lives of about 40,000 people in the shire.

"A lot of people moved out of Sydney for a rural-living lifestyle," he said.

Cr Khan said he wasn't concerned that his campaign — which supports an airport at Badgerys Creek — clashed with the council's firm stance against an airport at both sites.

— Michael Cox