Minister gives nod to ‘no curfew’ for Badgerys Creek

Sydney's second airport at Badgery's Creek will operate without a curfew, according to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss.

The announcement came at the Preparing for Take Off - Western Sydney Airport Conference, organised by the Sydney Business Chamber earlier this month, which featured a range of speakers, including Academic and Director of the Centre for Air Commerce, University of North Carolina, Dr John Kasarda, NSW Minister for Transport, the Hon Andrew Constance and Mr Truss.

The Conference attracted a bumper crowd of Western Sydney investors, regulators and educators. Even Jackie Kelly, the failed anti-Badgerys political candidate, snuck in up the back to hear the speakers talk about the boom future for the region with a new airport.

"We have no plans to place a curfew on Western Sydney Airport. It needs to be economically strong," Mr Truss told the audience.

Geotechnical works on the Badgery's Creek site have already commenced, with detailed plans for the airport expected to be announced by the end of the year.

Sydney Airport CEO Kerrie Mather, who is currently in consultation with the Federal Government over development options at Badgery's Creek, pointed to the success of Sydney Airport, as an indicator of what to expect.

The WSLD believes that for Badgery's Creek to be successful, and for the region to derive maximum benefit, Sydney Airport Corporation must manage both Badgery's and Kingsford Smith Airport, as single network control is the only way to ensure a harmonious and productive operation, and the best way to speed up the rollout of the new airport.

A recent report by Deloitte Access Economics showed that in 2014:

– The total economic contribution of Sydney Airport was $30.8b

– Sydney Airport, directly and indirectly, generated more than 300,000 jobs

– Sydney Airport handled around 550,000 tonnes of air-freight, more than half of Australia's total

The Federal Government has already committed $3.6b for infrastructure works to improve accessibility to Badgery's Creek, with further projects, including a fast-rail connection, also being discussed.

“Improving the speed and reliability of transport networks is crucial to the airport’s success," Dr Kasarda said.

"Governments at both the state and federal level must invest in express motorway and rail infrastructure to reduce travel time to no more than 45 minutes, even in peak traffic from the airport to Sydney City, Parramatta and Liverpool CBD if they are to make a Western Sydney aerotropolis a reality.”