Environmental assessment for Badgerys Creek

Media Release


15 October 2014

The Australian Government will conduct a robust and rigorous environmental assessment for the proposed Western Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today confirmed that an environmental Referral is being prepared for Badgerys Creek, with the environmental assessment expected to commence by the end of the year.

“Last month, the government contracted a team of experienced consultants from SMEC to conduct an initial survey of the site and its environmental assets,” Mr Truss said.

“Their job is to update our specific knowledge of the site to inform the Referral under the Commonwealth's Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

“The Referral is expected to be submitted for consideration by the Minister for the Environment next month. Following that, a decision will be made as to the type of environmental assessment required before the end of the year.

“The environmental assessment will include opportunities for public consultation.

“The Government recognises that infrastructure investment, the jobs it creates and sound environmental management are all important to Western Sydney.

“Our joint investment with the New South Wales Government of $3.6 billion for the roads system around the site will bring huge benefits in terms of ease of access to Badgerys Creek.

“This is not the first time that the site has been the subject of an environmental assessment. An assessment was originally conducted in the 1980s and a further, more comprehensive assessment, was successfully concluded in 1999.

“Over the years the land at Badgerys Creek has been protected from incompatible urban development through the planning restrictions put in place by the New South Wales Government over the last three decades.”