Dialogue Welcomes Airport Decision - More Work Needed

Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue Chairman, Christopher Brown AM, has welcomed the Federal Government’s commitment to get on with building Western Sydney’s Airport, and outlined that a ‘whole-of-Sydney’ approach was required to meet the region’s growing aviation needs.

“The Federal Government has continually proven that it is 100% behind the development of the Western Sydney Airport (WSA), and today’s decision is further proof of its commitment to helping grow the region,” Mr Brown said.

"I've known Paul Fletcher since university days and Western Sydney is lucky to have him at the helm of this process as he gets the need to combine nation building with local input."

“WSA at Badgerys Creek is the biggest, and most significant infrastructure project in the nation, and set to catalyse the delivery of smart jobs, investment and urban renewal opportunities. It can’t come soon enough.

“Sydney Airport should also be commended for its continued enthusiasm, and willingness, to engage with Western Sydney, and the integrity with which it has carried out its negotiations with Government. The level of industry and community engagement exercised by Sydney Airport throughout this process, should be the benchmark for Government as it gets on with building WSA.”

Mr Brown, who sat on the Australian and NSW Governments’ Joint Study on Aviation Capacity in the Sydney, back in 2012, said it was important to understand that WSA won’t reach full capacity by the mid-2040s - meaning that Western Sydney’s surging population, along with the rest of Sydney, will continue to rely on Kingsford Smith Airport (KSA) at Mascot, as its main international gateway.

“The key recommendations to come from the 2012 report not only highlighted Badgerys Creek as the location of Sydney’s second airport, but identified the need for improved capacity and infrastructure support at KSA, to cope with increased demand,” he said.

“We’re part of the way there, and I would hope that, given the significance of both airports, that the NSW and Federal Governments were committed to ensuring they have the necessary infrastructure and regulatory support to meet our city’s aviation needs.

“This includes ensuring that WSA has rail links in place before it is operational, and looking at ways to improve access to and from KSA at Mascot, particularly as Western Sydney’s airport is still close to a decade away from being ready for take off.”