Nov 23, 2009

Additional airport capacity for Sydney

Additional airport capacity for Sydney

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 23 2009

The national economic interest dictates that Sydney will need additional airport capacity.

The Federal and New South Wales Governments have agreed to conduct a joint study to assess options, identify potential sites and evaluate investment strategies for delivering additional airport capacity.

The study’s final terms of reference will be outlined in the National Aviation Policy White Paper, which will be released shortly.

This joint study will look at ways of providing integrated transport solutions for the existing airport as well as additional airport capacity.

It will also consider the future of the Badgerys Creek site given the Government has ruled it out as an option for a second airport. This will focus on how the site can provide a stimulus for jobs and economic development for western Sydney.

In the meantime, the Government will not engage in speculation about individual locations.

The issue of additional airport capacity for Sydney will be dealt with through a planned and sensible process.