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Airport plan's approval means certainty for Western Sydney

Release Date: 12/12/2016
The Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney says the approval of a new airport at Badgerys Creek signals certainty for the region.

David Borger, Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney, said, “The wait is finally over and it couldn’t happen soon enough.

“Western Sydney is looking forward to the opportunities an airport in the region is going to provide, such as up to 9000 jobs by 2030 and with the Federal Government giving the final green light to the airport proceeding, we now need to look at how we can maximise its benefits by applying world’s best practice in its development.

“Western Sydney needs more than an airport, it needs an aerotropolis to drive jobs and investment growth.

“As we’ve called for in the past, we need commitment from the three layers of Government to establish a single airport authority to plan and coordinate development to ensure we can optimise the outcome from the airport.

Mr Borger said while the airport’s approval was good news for the residents of Western Sydney, it needed to be operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in order for it to be competitive.

“This is a much-need milestone so we can’t afford delays in the airport construction’s timeline and it needs to be ready-and-running by the promised year, 2025.”

“While we welcome the Government’s commitment to future rail connections, we believe rail links will only happen with the involvement of the private sector – it’s time to work out how we can fund these much-needed links.

“With approvals around construction now ticked off, it’s essential we get the governance for planning and development surrounding the airport right.

“We’re happy the final stage of the plan has been signed, now the airport can proceed,” Mr Borger said.

Media contact: David Borger 0408 239 262 or Kylie Adoranti 0450 784 616

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