Wednesday, 26 April 2017 16:06

Connecting airport to communities essential

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Media release, 26 April, 2017


The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has welcomed Labor’s announcement that it would build a rail network connecting Western Sydney to Badgerys Creek by the time the airport opens.

WSROC President, Cr Stephen Bali, said “WSROC has said from day one that if an airport is to be built in Western Sydney, for Western Sydney, it must connect with the region’s communities.

“Labor’s announcement recognises that for Western Sydney Airport to be a success it must be supported by an appropriate infrastructure network – a network ready to cater for an additional one million residents, growth in economic activity, and the demands of an international airport from day one,” he said.

“If the Badgerys Creek precinct is to be a major driver for employment in Western Sydney, as the Federal Government claims, there is no question that local people need to be able to access it,” said Cr Bali.

“Without a rail network there will be absolute traffic chaos,” said Cr Bali.

“For Western Sydney to deliver the proposed social and economic benefits, there must be an integrated rail and road plan; a budget for each item; and a timetabled, funded strategy for delivery.

“Failure to do this is planning to fail,” he said. 

“This announcement recognises that a funded plan for Western Sydney is essential for its success. We invite both the Federal Government and opposition to liaise with WSROC to develop and deliver the best outcomes possible for the people of Western Sydney,” said Cr Bali.



Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, 02 9671 4333 (ext. 118), 0425 871 868 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

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