Federal Labor endorses NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley’s call for the creation of a joint commonwealth-state authority to co-ordinate planning on and around the site of the Western Sydney Airport.
This sensible move would ensure the airport is more than just a runway and a terminal.
The new airport has potential to create thousands of new jobs for Western Sydney residents, not just in aviation but in associated sectors including tourism, education, advanced manufacturing, logistics and residential development.
The authority proposed by Mr Foley today would help realise the full potential of the project by co-ordinating land use and transport infrastructure planning across governments.
I am also pleased Mr Foley has backed Federal Labor’s plan to link the new airport to the Sydney Rail Network from the day it opens.
In April Bill Shorten and I announced a Labor Federal Government would provide initial funding of $400 million to extend Sydney’s South-West Rail link from Leppington to the new airport, as well as a new outer orbital train line from Macarthur in the south to St Marys in the north via the airport.
A second stage of the project will complete Sydney’s outer orbital rail link with construction of a new line connecting St Marys to the Sydney Metro Northwest at Rouse Hill, scheduled to open in 2019.
The Turnbull and Berejiklian governments have yet to commit to a rail connection from the day the airport opens.