Report lobbies for new airport to be built at Badgerys Creek

THE New South Wales business lobby has put the case for Sydney's second airport to be built at Badgerys Creek, rather than the Wilton Site.

An economic analysis of the Badgerys Creek option has shown thousands of new jobs could be created in western Sydney to help build and run the airport.

But the report, completed for the NSW Business Chamber, conflicts with extensive Federal Government studies that show the Wilton site as the preferred option.

Chamber chief executive Stephen Cartwright said both major parties needed to do more on big infrastructure issues like the airport.

"A second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek should be an absolute priority of the next Federal Government we now have the proof that there are 28,000 jobs ready to be created," he said.

Mr Cartwright indicated the high youth unemployment levels - around 30% in western Sydney - could be address if the airport was built at Badgerys Creek.

"Sydney Airport's capacity needs to be fully exploited and it will remain Australia's primary airport, but action is needed now to plan for supplementary capacity to meet western Sydney's needs," he said.

The Deloitte Access Economics report also found the airport could start operating by 2027 if work started now at Badgerys Creek, with up to 3 million passenger movements in the first year.



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