Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

$115 million for Western Sydney Airport

Media Release


04 May 2016

Joint release with:

Paul Fletcher

Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government

The Australian Government has committed $115 million to fund planning and preparation work for the Western Sydney Airport project in the 2016 Budget.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the proposed Western Sydney Airport would be a catalyst for economic growth and investment in Western Sydney for decades to come, providing a long term source of local jobs.

“Western Sydney is Australia's third largest economy and would be our fourth largest city in its own right, but too many of its residents have to travel outside the region for work,” Mr Chester said.

“Work towards an airport commencing operations in the mid-2020s is underway, with buildings being cleared and minor roads within the site closing.

“To ensure a rail connection can be established to the airport site when the time is right, we have allocated $26 million in 2016–17 for developing the design for rail access.

“The design will establish an exact route and locations of stations within the airport site, so that the land to meet rail requirements is properly preserved, including for tunnels and station boxes.”

Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher said the remaining $89 million in the Budget had been allocated over two years to undertake critical preparatory activities for the airport site.

“This funding will allow for a number of activities to prepare the site, including managing the site security, possibly fencing around the 1,700 hectare site and continuing to plan for the relocation of the TransGrid power line,” Mr Fletcher said.

“The Turnbull Government is working through the steps required for a Western Sydney Airport—so that residents of Western Sydney have improved travel options, so that there is additional aviation capacity for Sydney and so that this transformational infrastructure project can generate jobs and prosperity for Western Sydney.

“It took the Coalition to make a decision to select the Western Sydney Airport site, after six years of inaction by the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd Government.

“We expect that around five years after a Western Sydney Airport opens for business it would cater for around 10 million passengers a year and provide nearly 9,000 direct jobs, with over 60,000 direct jobs by the early 2060s.

“The Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement and Airport Plan are expected to be finalised in the near future, following the review of nearly 5,000 public submissions.

“We are also committed to having the best available noise mitigation arrangements, and a detailed noise management plan would be developed before operations commence.”

The owners of Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport have the right of first refusal over the opportunity to develop and operate a Western Sydney Airport. A formal offer for the airport development opportunity could be made in the coming months.