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 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

Two important milestones as Western Sydney Airport site is cleared for construction

Media Release


24 January 2018

Joint release with:

Mathias Cormann

Minister for Finance

In another milestone towards delivery of Western Sydney Airport, the last remaining building was cleared from the site today.

This means the 1,780-hectare Badgerys Creek site has been transformed into a construction zone with preparatory works currently underway—ready for early stage earthworks to commence before the end of 2018.

Today also sees the official commencement of work to relocate 3.2 kilometres of an aboveground high-voltage power line that crosses the site to an underground cable route wholly located within the airport site.

The work is being carried out by TransGrid, the manager and operator of the NSW transmission network.

This project is an Australian first for a 330kV transmission network, using an underground cable to connect two sections of aboveground cable on the same line. This is an innovative solution that supports the construction of the airport while maintaining a safe, reliable electricity supply.

This relocation is critical before the substantial program of works can commence, including moving 22 million cubic metres of earth.

Western Sydney Airport will lead the region's positive transformation over the next decade, attracting businesses and supporting thousands of jobs.

The Turnbull Government is on track to deliver a world-class airport by 2026 that Western Sydney can be proud of.