World Heritage Centre Statement on the Greater Blue Mountains Area; UNESCO WHC

Australia – Greater Blue Mountains Area

The World Heritage Centre has taken due note of the concerns expressed by various stakeholders concerning the Western Sydney Airport project, located in the vicinity of the World Heritage property ‘Greater Blue Mountains Area (Australia) and appreciates their commitment to the safeguarding of World Heritage.

In the framework of the 1972 World Heritage Convention, and in line with its Operational Guidelines, we have been following this matter since early 2015, in close collaboration with the relevant Australian authorities, notably the Department of Environment and the Permanent Delegation of Australia to UNESCO.

The World Heritage Centre was informed that before making a final decision on this project, the Australian authorities carried out a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which was finalised in September 2016 and took into consideration the concerns expressed during the public consultation process.

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