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Airport on track to deliver jobs to Western Sydney

Release Date: 19/10/2015
The Sydney Business Chamber, the leading advocate for the Western Sydney Airport, said today’s release of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Airport Plan by the Federal Government is a great step towards lift off in 2025.
The Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, David Borger said, “The EIS is a significant milestone in the delivery of an airport for Western Sydney and the Airport Plan highlights the opportunities available.
“Western Sydney needs more jobs and this airport is the best chance we have for creating a long term employment solution, but if it is to deliver jobs, it needs proper transport links, holistic planning and a world class design.
“Access to Badgerys Creek by road alone is completely unsustainable and rail should be a key mode of transport. We need to invest in a rail network that can create fast transport links that connect the airport to Sydney city, Liverpool and Parramatta.
“We hosted two international aviation and planning experts at our Preparing for Take-off conference earlier this year, and both agreed that improving the speed and reliability of transport networks is vital to success of the Western Sydney airport.
“In his report analysing the potential growth of a Western Sydney airport, aviation expert Dr John Kasarda said passengers need to access the airport in no more than 45 minutes for the airport to be commercially viable.
“To ensure commercial success, we also need to adopt all-inclusive planning because if we get the preparation right, we will completely transform Western Sydney and ensure its prosperity for generations to come.
“If this airport is to be up and running in ten years, proper planning and coordination between all parties, including the business community, is essential.
“The Chamber is currently working with government to establish an independent authority to oversee and manage the airport’s planning and delivery.
“We want an airport that utilises an Aerotropolis strategy that gives businesses rapid connectivity to their suppliers, customers, and enterprise partners, nationally and worldwide.
“According to Dr Kasarda, aviation is shaping the new global economy and 35% of the value of world trade already moves by air.
“If Western Sydney embraces an Aerotropolis strategy, the benefits will be monumental, for the region and the country.
“The government is predicting that 80 million passengers will use this airport by 2060, twice the number currently serviced by Sydney Airport at Mascot.
“This is a big airport that requires big thinking.
“Comprehensive planning needs to start now so we can create an opportunity for new companies to gravitate to the precinct surrounding the airport and establish a jobs engine for Western Sydney,” said Mr Borger.
Media contact: David Borger 0408 239 262 or Kate Bryant 0424 186 367

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