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Western Sydney community unites for airport, jobs and infrastructure
Western Sydney with a population greater than South Australia, as well as the combined populations of Tasmania, the ACT and the Northern Territory, is missing out on the economic advantages of a major airport located within the region.
Currently more than 200,000 Western Sydney residents have to leave the region to find work each and every day. That means 200,000 people traveling on Sydney's congested road and rail network in the morning and afternoon to their place of work. That is expected to rise to 300,000 by 2031 and 400,000 in the following decades which will only place more pressure on Sydney's strained transport network.
The solution is to bring more jobs to the doorsteps of where people live. A major airport developed at Badgerys Creek will bring thousands of direct and indirect jobs to the heart of Western Sydney improving the work-life balance of residents, generating new infrastructure (especially transport), and reducing the strain on Sydney's roads and rail linking Western Sydney to the CBD.
The Western Sydney Airport Alliance, comprised of members such as the Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney Community Forum, NSW Business Chamber, Unions NSW, AWU, CFMEU, Group Training Association of NSW and ACT, Regional Development Australia Sydney, Consult Australia, Royal Aeronautical Society, and the Liverpool, Narellan and Campbelltown Chambers of Commerce, started the call for a bipartisan agreement to proceed with Badgerys Creek as the common sense site for a Western Sydney Airport.
The Alliance fully supports the Federal Government's recent decision to proceed with developing a Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek as well as the accompanying commitments by the Federal and NSW Governments to build supporting road infrastructure and preserve a rail corridor for the future.
The Alliance will continue to monitor the development of the Airport and its surrounding infrastructure to ensure Western Sydney becomes home to world-class Airport which improves the connectivity of the region while providing an economic boost for its residents, businesses and workers.