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

Nancy-Bird Walton immortalised at Western Sydney Airport

Media Release

MM051/2019

04 March 2019

Joint release with:

The Hon Scott Morrison MP

Prime Minister

Senator The Hon Mathias Cormann

Minister for Finance and the Public Service

Senator The Hon Marise Payne

Minister for Foreign Affairs

The Hon Alan Tudge MP

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population

Australia's biggest aviation project will honour one of the nation's trailblazing stars of the sky.

The $5.3 billion Western Sydney Airport will officially become Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport—recognising the iconic pilot's contribution to Australia.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport would transform Sydney.

“Western Sydney airport is a truly visionary project that will transform our city, recognising the economic powerhouse that is Western Sydney, creating 28,000 jobs within five years of opening, while delivering new tourism and trade opportunities in Sydney and Australia,” the Prime Minister said.

“This is an airport for the people of Western Sydney that will enable them to continue to secure their economic future.

“Our Government's decision to make this airport a reality after generations of delay, is a sign of our commitment to the people of Western Sydney and our determination to get things done. While others talked about it, we took action and made it happen.

“It is fitting that having recognised Charles Kingsford Smith at Sydney Airport that we now recognise Australia's greatest female aviation pioneer, Nancy-Bird Walton in the naming of Western Sydney Airport.

“Nancy-Bird Walton was an inspiring and natural choice.

“Nancy-Bird Walton is an Australian legend, a pioneer whose determination to take to the sky is an inspiration for generations who have followed. At just 17, Nancy-Bird enrolled at Charles Kingsford-Smith's flying school at Mascot.

“Nancy-Bird was the first female pilot in Australia, and the Commonwealth, to be licenced to carry passengers and began her career flying nurses to the outback to provide medical services for children and their mothers.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said Nancy-Bird Walton was a champion for female aviators and it was fitting to honour her achievements.

Last Friday, Mr McCormack attended a roundtable meeting of industry leaders as part of an initiative to enhance and encourage greater gender diversity in the aviation industry.

“Nancy-Bird Walton trained female pilots during World War II and in 1950 established the Australian Women's Pilots' Association, which she remained president of until 1990,” he said.

“I imagine she would be pleased to know about this new initiative and that women in aviation are being put in the spotlight.”

Minister for Finance and the Public Service, Senator Mathias Cormann, acknowledged Nancy-Bird's family and their support in naming the airport in her honour.

“With our $5.3 billion investment delivering this airport, we are focused and inspired by her great legacy to deliver an airport that all Australians can be proud of,” Minister Cormann said.

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney and Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne said the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport would be a gateway to the world.

“Naming the airport in honour of Nancy-Bird Walton will help ensure that her valuable contribution to aviation will be remembered for generations to come,” Minister Payne said.

“The airport will be a major employment hub, bringing more jobs and opportunities closer to where western Sydney residents live.”

The Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the airport's name was an integral next step to welcoming flights into Western Sydney.

“Construction of Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport is on schedule and from 2026 will operate side by side with Sydney (Kingsford-Smith) Airport,” Minister Tudge said.

“This is the beginning of a new era for Western Sydney, with unprecedented jobs and investment in the region—all stemming from the Morrison Government's $5.3 billion investment in Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.”