Limiting the airport’s impact on human health
A health risk assessment was undertaken which identified risks to health associated with the new airport, finding the risk to human health was low.
The assessment considered the health profile of Western Sydney, identified potential sources of health risk associated with the construction and operation of the airport and how the airport may increase the risk of existing health issues.
In examining the airport’s potential impact on a range of health issues such as air quality, water quality, noise and residents’ sleep, the risks were found to be largely within acceptable national and international health standards.
The airport’s Environmental Impact Statement identifies ways to reduce the risk to human health through good design, planning and technology. In developing the final flight paths, for example, opportunities to minimise noise impacts on communities will be a key consideration.