The Federal Government is working to develop a new international airport in Western Sydney at Badgerys Creek, around 11kms from Penrith’s City Centre. The proposed airport would be operational in the mid 2020s.
In September 2016, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Urban Infrastructure, announced the finalisation of the Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which was presented to the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, the Minister for the Environment and Energy, for his
consideration. The EIS, alongside the revised draft Airport Plan, will be considered by the Environment Minister to inform the development of conditions or provisions that may be placed on the proposed airport.
The EIS was finalised after extensive public consultation which saw almost 5000 submissions, including a submission from Council (see below).
Federal Government’s airport webpage for the latest information about the Western Sydney Airport, or find out more about the planning for the Western Sydney Airport project, what has happened so far and what the next steps are in the new brochure An airport for Western Sydney: Building Western
Council has made a detailed submission to the State and Federal Government’s
Scoping Study into rail needs in Western Sydney. Council’s submission calls for prompt action to preserve a corridor and ensure rail is in place when the Western Sydney airport opens and outlines how Option 6 (North-South rail) is the only option that will:
Read Council's formal submission to the EIS (1.36MB pdf)
In the submission Council is calling for:
Penrith and 10 other Western Sydney councils co-funded an in-depth, independent review of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) by a range of experts in fields such as biodiversity, noise and social impacts.
Download Western Sydney Airport EIS Peer Review Report - Part A (4.93MB pdf)
Download Western Sydney Airport EIS Peer Review Report - Part B (6.73MB pdf)
In 2015, after much consideration of the facts, Council agreed to support the Federal Government’s decision to build an airport at Badgerys Creek. Council took this position because the airport offers great potential as a catalyst for increased infrastructure, jobs and investment in
our City and the Western Sydney region. These are the things we have long been advocating for.
It is vital these opportunities are realised from the airport, so we've been actively speaking to Federal, State and other local Government representatives about the community’s key priorities.
Western Sydney Airport - Maximising benefits and minimising impacts (20.4MB pdf) defines our position on the airport and sets out a clear and concise program of advocacy which the community can rely on us to focus on. Our campaign around these issues will be wide reaching and include direct contact with decision makers and politicians. For maximum impact, we need the community speaking with the same voice.
Read Western Sydney Airport - Frequently Asked Questions
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