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

Extensive geotechnical analysis starts at Badgerys Creek

Media Release

WT122/2015

01 May 2015

Progress towards a Western Sydney airport continues with the second phase of geotechnical works commencing this week on the site of the proposed airport at Badgerys Creek.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the geotechnical drilling is an important step in seeing an airport come to fruition.

“The Western Sydney airport will be among the nation's most impressive civil engineering projects over the next decade,” Mr Truss said.

“The Commonwealth-owned land at Badgerys Creek is a large site of around 1,700 hectares and extensive investigation is required to assist in planning for the first stage of an airport.

“A team of engineers will be at Badgerys Creek to profile the subsoil and rock at several locations over the next six weeks.”

More than 100 boreholes of a depth up to 40 metres will be excavated, while earthmoving equipment will dig pits up to five metres deep. Extensive geological surveys to understand rock density will also be completed, with samples analysed by the end of the year.

Mr Truss said the geotechnical works continue progress towards a Western Sydney airport, which will be a game-changer for both Western Sydney and the country.

“In April last year the Australian Government ended decades of uncertainty with our decision that Badgerys Creek will be the site of an airport for Western Sydney,” he said.

“The airport will be a major boost for the local economy, creating thousands of jobs during construction and a pipeline of tens of thousands of jobs once the airport commences operation.

“Work is well underway to develop a commercial proposal for an airport which could be expected to operate from the mid-2020s.”

A picture of a geotechnical drilling rig can be found at www.westernsydneyairport.gov.au/maps/index.aspx

More information on the Australian Government's proposal for a Western Sydney airport and the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan is available at www.westernsydneyairport.gov.au/