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

Government and business discuss Western Sydney Airport tourism opportunities

Media Release


06 June 2017

Joint release with:

Angus Taylor

Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation

Representatives from industry and all three levels of government today convened for the forum on Maximising Western Sydney Airport Tourism Opportunity.

Chaired by Dr Andy Marks, Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Western Sydney University, the forum included speeches from NSW Minister for Western Sydney, the Hon Stuart Ayres MP, tourism operators and representatives from Austrade.

Tourism makes an important contribution to our national economy. Today's forum provides an important opportunity to share ideas as we take a coordinated and collaborative approach towards harnessing the opportunities Western Sydney Airport will bring.

Airports are major generators of jobs and economic activity and we are engaging early in the planning to ensure we can maximise jobs and economic growth well into the future and, in particular, unlock job opportunities closer to home for the two million people living in the growing Western Sydney area.

Western Sydney Airport will be a catalyst for economic transformation in the region and is expected to generate 20,000 direct and indirect jobs by the early 2030s. It will improve aviation access for Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains, opening up tourism opportunities and ensuring Greater Sydney's status as an international gateway as Sydney (Kingsford-Smith) Airport approaches capacity.

The Turnbull Government is investing up to $5.3 billion to deliver the new airport by establishing a new company, WSA Co. Works will begin by the end of 2018 and Western Sydney Airport will open in 2026.

More information on the Western Sydney Airport can be found at