The first turning of sod at Badgerys Creek’s $5 billion Western Sydney Airport (SWZ) project occurred earlier this week, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison in attendance.
Prime Minister Morrison’s attendance focused heavily on touting the project’s contribution to economic and employment growth in the region.
“This is the biggest game changer… for the city of Sydney since we built the Harbour Bridge. That's how big a deal this is,” said Prime Minister Morrison.
"Welcome to the future of Sydney - that's what we are seeing here.”
"This will be a piece of economic infrastructure that supports our economy, that supports all Australians from one end of the country to the other."
The project is estimated to deliver 11,000 construction jobs over the next 7 years and roughly 28,000 jobs in the first 5-years of the airport’s opening, between 2026 and 2031.
A major selling point for the Western Sydney Airport is that it will operate 24/7 without the restrictive flight curfews faced by Sydney Airport (SYD).
With ground broken this week, locals can expect the airport to open by 2026.
The airport will boast full-service airport capabilities, accommodating both budget and premium airliners and consumers.
Minister Alan Tudge, Federal Cities and Urban Infrastructure, has said that the “airport is going to deliver more choice, more convenience and with competition, downward pressure on airline prices.”
“When it opens, it won't just be an airport but it'll have a rail connection; it will have a motorway connection,” Minister Tudge said.
Earthworks are being conducted under a joint venture between Lendlease and CPB Contractors, with one activity involving a whopping 1.8 million cubic metres of soil relocated for levelling.
Source: NSW Government