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Western Sydney to enter ‘massive period of growth’

By Hannah Blackiston
Western Sydney to enter ‘massive period of growth’
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The final sign off for construction on Badgery’s Creek Airport has been received and is expected to launch a huge boost in the western Sydney economy; signalling impressive capital growth for investors in the area.

“The finalised airport plan means we should have an airport up and running by 2025 which will be a crucial to encouraging investment in the area and providing the people of Western Sydney better access to key infrastructure and local jobs,” said Property Council NSW executive director Jane Fitzgerald.

The construction, which has been approved by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher, is expected to pave the way for increased population, better infrastructure and job growth.

“The fact that the airport will be rail-ready is an important element – we know the state and federal governments are working through rail options for connecting Western Sydney to the airport and the sooner we get this link the better,” said Ms Fitzgerald.

“We now need to look at detailed plans for integrated land and transport use for the area surrounding the airport – ensuring key transport corridors are protected, employment lands in the area have the infrastructure they need to provide jobs for the local community and that we are working towards the jobs and housing targets outlined in the Greater Sydney Commission's District Plans,” she said.

The land surrounding the airport will be next on the agenda after rail links with the NSW council hoping to utilise it to provide more jobs and encourage people to the new airport.

“Western Sydney is going through a massive period of growth and we can expect this is continue for many years. In the south-west and west districts alone, we are expecting an annual increase in population of 23,250. We need to look at how the land surrounding the airport can be used to boost jobs to ensure we see a day when there are more people travelling within or to western Sydney for work than travelling from western Sydney,” said Ms Fitzgerald.

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