4 Jul 2017

Second Sydney Airport Update

An update of the Western Sydney Airport is found below

On 9 May 2017, the Turnbull Government announced that it will establish a company,  to be called WSA Co, to develop and operate Western Sydney Airport. 
This decision clears the way for the Turnbull Government to move ahead quickly  to develop Western Sydney Airport.
Western Sydney Airport is a vitally important project for Western Sydney, for Sydney,  and the nation, which is why the Coalition Government ended decades of indecision  by committing to the project in 2014.
The airport will provide much needed extra aviation capacity, with Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport to reach its limit by the mid-2030s. It will be an economic hub for  Western Sydney, generating thousands of jobs and bringing better access to air travel  to the people of Western Sydney.
This announcement followed the decision by Sydney Airport, the owner of Sydney’s Kingsford Smith Airport, that it would not be taking up its right of first refusal to build  and operate Western Sydney Airport.
WSA Co will develop the airport on the same terms offered to Sydney Airport: an airport with a single, 3.7-kilometre runway capable of handling all types of aircraft, including the Airbus A380. 
Earthworks will start by end of next year (2018) and the airport will be operational  by 2026.
Professor Peter Shergold AC, Chair and Chancellor of Western Sydney University,  will chair of the Forum On Western Sydney Airport (FOWSA), which will provide a key connection between the community, the Government and the airport company during  the airport’s construction.

WSA Co to deliver the Western Sydney Airport The Australian Government will establish a Commonwealth-owned company, called WSA Co, to deliver Western Sydney Airport. 
The 2017 Budget includes a commitment of up to $5.3 billion over 10 years for WSA Co to build the airport. This investment will allow the construction of Western Sydney Airport to proceed in the quickest and most efficient way possible. During the construction phase alone $1.9 billion in value will be added to the Western Sydney economy. Western Sydney Airport will be a full-service airport with a 3.7-kilometre runway capable of handling up to 10 million passengers per year. WSA Co will have its own Board and Chair and will be up and running in the new financial year. The company will draw on the best aviation expertise in the private sector and maximise private-sector involvement in the design, construction and operation of the new airport. Seeking market expertise will be essential to the success of this nationally significant project. With construction to begin by the end of 2018, a tender for an early works package is expected to be issued before the end of this year. The Australian Government Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development will continue its regulatory oversight of the project and maintain responsibility for issues such as the airspace and flight path design process. The Department will also monitor compliance with the environmental conditions contained in the Airport Plan.
Biodiversity conservation measures take the next step Minimising environmental impact is integral to the design and construction of the airport, and biodiversity conservation is a core objective of the airport development. 
 For more information on FOWSA, including the full list of members, visit  www.westernsydneyairport.gov.au/forum.
Engage construction contractors 2017
Site preparation 2017
Start of runway and terminal construction 2021
Earthworks commence 2018
Road connections and upgrades completed 2024
Flight paths  finalised 2025
Airport operational 2026
Flight path consultation begins 2017
Environmental offsets and monitoring 2017
Biodiversity expert working on the project

On-site activities Work is continuing with the NSW Rural Fire Service to reduce fire risk at the airport site. In addition, cattle are grazing on the site to keep the fuel load down. Recent rains have kept the site fire risk in check, but further fire hazard reduction activities will be undertaken as the cooler months arrive.
Find out more  www.westernsydneyairport.gov.au ' Western Sydney Unit on 1800 038 160  wsu@infrastructure.gov.au
Power transmission line to be relocated A 330-kilovolt transmission line currently crosses the airport site. This line needs to be relocated as part of the development of Western Sydney Airport. TransGrid, the manager and operator of the New South Wales transmission network, is working with the Australian Government to plan for the relocation of the transmission line. Detailed investigations have found that the best option is to direct the existing on-site 3.2-kilometre section of aboveground transmission line through an underground cable located wholly within the boundary of the airport site.