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Sydney West Airport will be a MASSIVE project that has the potential to impact many areas of the Camden LGA either personally or professionally.  These impacts can be positive or negative.  Either way this major and diversified project needs to be properly managed and considered effectively and efficiently if it is to have any success and support for its future.

The Camden Chamber of Commerce and Industry has in recent years provided comment to government and consultant groups and we are also receiving a lot of information about the project and its surrounding developments.  We will be posting all the relevant information that we receive and submit about the project here on the Camden Chamber website and periodically advising members so they can, at their leisure, have access to the information.

Below is a list of the information we have received and/or circulated in relation to the project.  Any media releases prepared by the Camden Chamber of Commerce and Industry can be found at

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Update  21st April 2016

Progress towards the proposed Western Sydney Airport is continuing. Read below to find out the latest project information.

Finalising the Airport Plan and Environmental Impact Statement

·       Almost 5,000 submissions on the draft Airport Plan and draft EIS were received during the recent public exhibition.

·       Comments from the community and stakeholders are being reviewed and considered as part of the process to finalise the Airport Plan and EIS.

·       The Airport Plan and EIS are expected to be finalised mid-year.

·       Read the autumn newsletter for more information.

Road upgrades in Western Sydney

·       Road projects to service the proposed airport and Western Sydney’s growing economy and population are being funded by the $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan.

·       In January 2016 construction began on Stage 1 of The Northern Road Upgrade, a $1.58 billion project.

·       11 new local roads projects were also greenlit under the $200 million local roads package, boosting the capacity and efficiency of the area.

·       More information: Better local roads for Western Sydney.

Rail study underway

·       Options for rail to service Western Sydney and the proposed airport are being assessed through a joint Australian and NSW government scoping study.

·       Planning for the proposed airport preserves space for future rail access.

·       The scoping study will include community and stakeholder consultation.

·       More information: Federal and NSW governments join forces on future rail transport for Western Sydney.

Find out more



Western Sydney Unit on 1800 038 160



Drop-in community information sessions and where to view draft documents

Please click here for link - 16 November 2015


Federal and NSW Governments join forces on future rail transport for Western Sydney

Please click here for link to media release - 13 November 2015


Preferred Route for The Northern Road Upgrade Stage Four

Please click here for link to media release - 12 November 2015


Curfew-free for Badgerys Creek

Media Release by Western Sydney Leadership Diaglogue - 19.10.2015.  Please click here


Elton Consulting Community Consultation

Summary of teleconference with President Camden Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc - 8.9.2015, please click here

Good afternoon,

This email is to update you on recent progress towards an airport for Western Sydney and provide information on the unique opportunities an airport offers.

A new airport has the potential to boost Western Sydney’s economy and liveability, providing a growing region with the world-class transport and employment infrastructure it deserves.

Yours sincerely,

Western Sydney Unit

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development   

tel: 1800 038 160 e: w:

Latest progress      

Badgerys Creek officially declared an airport site

On Wednesday 26 August, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss visited the site with Federal Member for Macarthur Russell Matheson to mark the declaration of the site.

The declaration paves the way for key planning steps to be taken, including the determination of an airport plan for the airport, once the environmental assessment process concludes. It will also enable airspace around the site to be protected.

For up to date information about how the airport is tracking please click on the links below: 

·       Winter community update

·       Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan report card

·       Next steps in identifying a developer and operator for the airport

·       Airports Act 1996 amendments

So what next?

A draft environmental impact statement (EIS) is being developed and is expected to be released later in 2015.

The Australian Government is getting on with the job of planning for an airport for Western Sydney. The EIS is a key step in progress towards an airport for Western Sydney.

Community and business groups will have the opportunity to comment on the draft EIS, which will consider the environmental, social and economic aspects of developing and operating the proposed airport, when it is released. This will be taken into account before the EIS is finalised.

Better connections for a global city

A Western Sydney airport will help support economic growth and investment opportunities in the Western Sydney and broader NSW economies by providing Sydney with a 24-hour airport.

Curfew-free operation would better align Western Sydney businesses with key global trading partners and sources of tourists visiting Australia, offering the region’s economy a competitive edge.

Melbourne Airport accommodates an extra two million passengers a year thanks to its curfew-free status, adding around $590 million annually to the Victorian economy through visitor spending. Brisbane Airport also operates without a curfew.

A Western Sydney airport would be a full-service airport, catering for all types of domestic and international passenger and freight aircraft. In its initial phase, starting in the mid-2020s, the Western Sydney airport will have a single runway of approximately 3.7 kilometres in length. This will accommodate all modern aircraft up to and including the Airbus A380.

The Australian Government is planning an airport for Western Sydney that will grow over time to meet increasing demand. By around 2050, an airport could require a second, parallel runway. 

An airport for the 21st century

As the first greenfield airport development of its scale in Australia for decades, a Western Sydney airport will be designed to take account of how we will travel in the future. Whereas existing airports are frequently retrofitted to incorporate new technologies and meet changing user expectations, a new airport could harness design innovations to improve the speed, efficiency and ease of use of terminals for passengers and airlines alike.

Transport for NSW is working with the Australian Government to identify a suitable passenger rail corridor for preservation in south west Sydney to serve a Western Sydney airport, the extended Western Sydney Employment Area and the South West Growth Centre. The Australian Government is future proofing for rail by planning for a rail corridor and station at the airport site.

At present, only Australia’s largest (Sydney Kingsford Smith) and third-largest (Brisbane) airports have dedicated rail links.

The Australian Government is taking a roads first approach to the proposed airport, with work already underway on projects under the $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan

More information is available from Transport for NSW at

Find out more



Western Sydney Unit on 1800 038 160



Badgerys Creek Officially Declared an Airport Site

Media release by Russell Matheson - 26.08.2015  Click here to read the media release


Bigger is Better at Badgerys

Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue, 13.08.2015 - Click here to read more


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