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

First meeting of Forum on Western Sydney Airport

Media Release


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