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WSA Co getting on with airport preparations

Media Release


31 October 2017

Preparations for the game-changing Western Sydney Airport are well underway with the release of a tender for land surveys of the airport site.

The request for tender was released by WSA Co, the company established by the Turnbull Government to build and operate the $5.3 billion Western Sydney Airport.

This work will include cadastral surveying to map the site boundaries, a topographic survey, and a survey of utilities on site, as well as geometrically corrected aerial photography, so the image can accurately represent true distance.

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher said this was the second tender to be released, after the first tender was issued earlier in October.

“This is yet another milestone for the delivery of Western Sydney Airport,” Mr Fletcher said.

“This is a project that has been spoken about for decades but the Turnbull Government is getting on with the job of delivering it.

“Western Sydney Airport will be a game-changer for Western Sydney, attracting businesses and generating tens of thousands of jobs.”

At almost double the size of Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport, considerable work is required to transform the 1780-hectare site at Badgerys Creek into an operational airport.

The greenfield site features undulating terrain, where the difference in height between the lowest point and the highest point is the equivalent of a 12-storey building.

“Some 22 million cubic metres of earth will be moved to level the site before construction of the first runway and terminal facilities can begin,” WSA Co Chair Paul O'Sullivan said.

“Building Western Sydney Airport is an ambitious project and WSA Co will engage the best private sector expertise to have the airport open in 2026.”

Land surveying will support WSA Co's development of a detailed reference design for the airport. The tender closes on 27 November 2017. For details of the tender visit

WSA Co recently requested a tender for Geotechnical Investigation Services and will undertake further procurement activities for a range of preparatory activities.

Earthworks will commence next year and the Western Sydney Airport will open in 2026.