First meeting of Forum on Western Sydney Airport
26 May 2017
Today I joined a group of 23 community and industry leaders for the first meeting of the Forum On Western Sydney Airport (FOWSA).
Meeting at the Western Sydney University campus in Penrith, FOWSA will help ensure local voices are heard in the planning and development of Western Sydney Airport.
The first meeting of FOWSA is an important next step towards the Turnbull Government's commitment of Western Sydney Airport being operational by 2026. FOWSA is an important initative of the Government to ensure community voices are heard as construction commences on the airport.
The Forum is led by the Chancellor of Western Sydney University, Professor Peter Shergold AC, and other members include 10 community representatives, 5 representatives nominated by local councils, and a number of stakeholder group representatives. The meeting will be followed by a tour of the 1,800 hectare airport site at Badgerys Creek for Forum members.
FOWSA will cover a range of issues important to Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains and will engage with the community to ensure their views are taken into account. In particular, FOWSA will not only have an important role in the flight path design process but will also look to maximise the broader economic, employment and educational opportunities presented by the airport.
Airports are major generators of jobs and economic activity, and Western Sydney Airport will catalyse jobs and economic growth in the region–providing employment opportunities closer to home for Western Sydney's two million residents.
The Turnbull Government is establishing a new company, WSA Co, to deliver the new airport and will invest up to $5.3 billion to build the first stage. WSA Co will be established in the new financial year and will be represented at FOWSA meetings once established.
More information on FOWSA, including a full list of its members, can be found at www.westernsydneyairport.gov.au/forum.