26 September 2018 – The long awaited Western Sydney Airport is a step closer following the commencement of earthworks on the Badgerys Creek site.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was on hand to give the signal for earthmovers to roll into position and begin the task of preparing the site for what he says is the “biggest game changer” for Sydney since the Harbour Bridge was built.
Western Sydney Airport Chief Executive Graham Millett said, “Today marks both the end of a long journey and the start of an exciting new one. It’s been talked about for decades, but now we’re ending the speculation – Western Sydney Airport is coming.”
The works now underway will help prepare the ground for eventual runway and terminal construction and are expected to run until the end of 2019. According to Western Sydney Airport it will involve moving around 1.8 million cubic metres of earth and while considerable will be nothing compared to the upcoming major earthworks that are due to begin in 2019 and will shift 22 million cubic metres of earth.
“Building Western Sydney Airport is one of the biggest earthmoving challenges in Australian history” Mr Millett said.
“The site is very challenging, the difference between the highest and lowest points is the equivalent of a 12-storey building,” Mr Millett added.
A workforce of around 180 people will carry out the initial earthworks. Over the course of the airport construction project, 11,000 jobs are set to be created, with a target of at least one-third coming from Western Sydney.
Western Sydney Airport is due to open in 2026 and will be a full-service airport with international, domestic and regional flights. It will also cater for freight flights, opening up new possibilities for Australian exporters and helping to tackle the nation’s growing freight task.