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 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

Geotechnical analysis starts at Badgerys Creek

Media Release


20 January 2015

Geotechnical analysis of the northern parts of Commonwealth-owned land at Badgerys Creek commenced today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the geotechnical drilling is a crucial step in planning for the proposed Western Sydney airport.

“A team of engineers will be at Badgerys Creek to profile the subsoil and rock at several locations over the next week,” Mr Truss said.

“A drilling rig will drill several boreholes to a depth of 20 metres, and pits up to five metres deep will be dug by an excavator. The samples will be analysed over the coming weeks.

“This is part of the critical planning work to develop detailed construction plans and cost estimates for the first stage of a Western Sydney airport, which will be among the nation's most impressive and exciting civil engineering projects over the next decade.

“At the end of last year the Government commenced its new environmental assessment, which we aim to have concluded by the end of this year.”

In April last year the Australian Government ended decades of uncertainty with a decision that Badgerys Creek would be the site of an airport for Western Sydney. Work is underway to develop a commercial proposal for an airport which is expected to operate from the mid-2020s.

An airport for Western Sydney will be a major boost for the local economy and create thousands of jobs during construction and a pipeline of jobs once the airport starts operating.

A map showing the areas that will undergo geotechnical analysis and a picture of a geotechnical drilling rig can be found at

More information on the Australian Government's proposal for a Western Sydney airport and the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan is available at