The Chamber contributed to the public debate on the Western Sydney Airport by preparing two major research reports, hosting a conference with well-renowned international and local speakers, and becoming a founding member of the Western Sydney Airport Alliance. The Federal Government announced its decision to develop an airport at the Badgerys Creek site in 2014. The Sydney Business Chamber remains heavily engaged on this issue to ensure the best outcome for Western Sydney businesses and residents.
While its population continues to grow and diversify, the Western Sydney region is facing a dramatic jobs deficit. Estimates have put this shortfall to reach 320,000 by 2036. This report identifies that by 2050, an airport at Badgerys Creek could support up to 33 million passenger movements and help create more than 30,000 additional jobs for the region. Read more here.
Utilising the experience of best practice international airport development, this report identifies the steps necessary to ensure the economic benefit of a Western Sydney Airport is maximised, including through the development of a Western Sydney Airport city. Read more here.
Western Sydney Airport Alliance
The Western Sydney Airport Alliance was established to demonstrate cross-sectional support for an airport in Western Sydney. Alliance members include Sydney Business Chamber, Western Sydney Community Forum, NSW Business Chamber, Unions NSW, AWU, CFMEU, Group Training Association of NSW and ACT, Regional Development Australia Sydney, Consult Australia, Royal Aeronautical Society, and the Liverpool, Narellan and Campbelltown Chambers of Commerce.
The Alliance fully supports the Federal Government's decision to proceed with developing a Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek as well as the accompanying commitments by the Federal and NSW Governments to build supporting road infrastructure and preserve a rail corridor for the future. The Alliance will continue to monitor the development of the Airport and its surrounding infrastructure to ensure Western Sydney becomes home to world-class Airport which improves the connectivity of the region while providing an economic boost for its residents, businesses and workers.