This article is to update you on recent progress towards an airport for Western Sydney and provide information on the unique opportunities an airport offers.
A new airport has the potential to boost Western Sydney’s economy and liveability, providing a growing region with the world-class transport and employment infrastructure it deserves.
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Badgerys Creek officially declared an airport site
On Wednesday 26 August, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss visited the site with Federal Member for Macarthur Russell Matheson to mark the declaration of the site.
The declaration paves the way for key planning steps to be taken, including the determination of an airport plan for the airport, once the environmental assessment process concludes. It will also enable airspace around the site to be protected.
For up to date information about how the airport is tracking please click on the links below:
· Winter community update
· Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan report card
· Next steps in identifying a developer and operator for the airport
· Airports Act 1996 amendments
So what next?
A draft environmental impact statement (EIS) is being developed and is expected to be released later in 2015.
The Australian Government is getting on with the job of planning for an airport for Western Sydney. The EIS is a key step in progress towards an airport for Western Sydney.
Community and business groups will have the opportunity to comment on the draft EIS, which will consider the environmental, social and economic aspects of developing and operating the proposed airport, when it is released. This will be taken into account before the EIS is finalised.
Better connections for a global city
A Western Sydney airport will help support economic growth and investment opportunities in the Western Sydney and broader NSW economies by providing Sydney with a 24-hour airport.
Curfew-free operation would better align Western Sydney businesses with key global trading partnersand sources of tourists visiting Australia, offering the region’s economy a competitive edge.
Melbourne Airport accommodates an extra two million passengers a year thanks to its curfew-free status, adding around $590 million annually to the Victorian economy through visitor spending. Brisbane Airport also operates without a curfew.
A Western Sydney airport would be a full-service airport, catering for all types of domestic and international passenger and freight aircraft. In its initial phase, starting in the mid-2020s, the Western Sydney airport will have a single runway of approximately 3.7 kilometres in length. This will accommodate all modern aircraft up to and including the Airbus A380.
The Australian Government is planning an airport for Western Sydney that will grow over time to meet increasing demand. By around 2050, an airport could require a second, parallel runway.
An airport for the 21st century
As the first greenfield airport development of its scale in Australia for decades, a Western Sydney airport will be designed to take account of how we will travel in the future. Whereas existing airports are frequently retrofitted to incorporate new technologies and meet changing user expectations, a new airport could harness design innovations to improve the speed, efficiency and ease of use of terminals for passengers and airlines alike.
Transport for NSW is working with the Australian Government to identify a suitable passenger rail corridor for preservation in south west Sydney to serve a Western Sydney airport, the extended Western Sydney Employment Area and the South West Growth Centre. The Australian Government is future proofing for rail by planning for a rail corridor and station at the airport site.
At present, only Australia’s largest (Sydney Kingsford Smith) and third-largest (Brisbane) airports have dedicated rail links.
The Australian Government is taking a roads first approach to the proposed airport, with work already underway on projects under the $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan.
More information is available from Transport for NSW at http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects-swrl-extension-corridor-preservation.
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