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Badgerys Creek Airport will land thousands of jobs in Western Sydney


Release Date: 13/08/2013

A major economic report released today by NSW’s peak business organisation, the NSW Business Chamber, demonstrates that an airport located at Badgerys Creek could generate more than 28,000 extra jobs in Western Sydney by 2050.
 
The report, which forms part of the NSW Business Chamber’s Thinking Business program, and was prepared by Deloitte Access Economics, examines three realistic growth scenarios for an airport in Western Sydney and models the economic impact of each growth scenario on the local region.
 
Table: Economic Impacts by LGA in 2050
Local Government Area Scenario 1[1] Scenario 2[2] Scenario 3[3]
Jobs (FTE) Wages
($m)
Regional Output
($m)
Jobs (FTE) Wages
($m)
Regional Output
($m)
Jobs (FTE) Wages
($m)
Regional Output
($m)
Auburn 543 $205 $413 707 $264 $521 737 $272 $544
Bankstown 547 $217 $416 714 $280 $524 749 $289 $553
Blacktown 863 $322 $623 1,132 $417 $790 1,172 $429 $824
Blue Mtns 174 $57 $127 227 $74 $162 233 $75 $164
Camden 196 $68 $124 261 $89 $159 268 $91 $164
Campbelltown 384 $146 $292 499 $188 $368 520 $194 $384
Fairfield 463 $181 $339 602 $232 $428 629 $240 $450
Hawkesbury 210 $78 $146 277 $101 $186 287 $104 $193
Holroyd 289 $118 $213 378 $152 $269 395 $157 $285
Liverpool 15,808 $4,887 $8,648 19,605 $6,123 $10,724 20,656 $6,426 $11,459
Parramatta 872 $323 $599 1,122 $413 $752 1,178 $428 $787
Penrith 548 $197 $387 717 $255 $492 742 $262 $509
The Hills Shire 688 $233 $438 900 $301 $557 927 $308 $574
Wollondilly 69 $31 $42 94 $41 $54 98 $42 $57
 
Stephen Cartwright, CEO of the NSW Business Chamber said both major political parties should be using the Federal Election campaign to detail their plans for major infrastructure planning and spending.
 
“Our pre-election ‘Small Business Too Big To Ignore’ campaign is currently travelling around the State and speaking directly to small business owners and employees,” Mr Cartwright said.
 
“The policy priorities that we want the next Government to focus on as part of the ‘Big 4 you can’t Ignore’ include the building of better infrastructure.
 
“A second Sydney airport at Badgery’s 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.
 
“In some parts of Western Sydney, youth unemployment is around 30%, so a decision to proceed with a second Sydney airport at Badgery’s Creek will provide a clear-cut boost to the economy of Western Sydney.
 
“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,” Mr Cartwright said.
 
David Borger, Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, said the report, ‘Economic Impact of a Western Sydney Airport’, demonstrates that Western Sydney would receive significant economic benefits if an airport is built at Badgerys Creek.
 
“The Badgerys Creek site is not only the preferred location for Sydney’s second airport from an aviation perspective; it would also stimulate the surrounding local government areas through creating new business opportunities and more local jobs.” Mr Borger said.
 
“Our economic analysis demonstrates that Liverpool and the surrounding local government areas are the big winners out of a Western Sydney Airport at Badgerys Creek.
 
Mr Borger said the growth scenarios were based on real-world growth profiles of primary and secondary airports within Australia and overseas including Gold Coast Airport, Glasgow Prestwick and Luton Airport in London.
 
Accounting for planning and construction times, an airport at Badgerys Creek could commence operation in 2027 accommodating around three million passenger movements per annum, similar to the current capacity of Canberra or Darwin Airport.  It would then take on a phased expansion process, expanding to around 7 million passenger capacity in 2033 (similar to Adelaide Airport or Gold Coast Airport) before further expansion to accommodate around 22-30 million passengers in 2040 (similar to Brisbane Airport or Tullamarine Airport).
 
The report finds that by 2050, an airport in Western Sydney commencing operations in 2027 could support up to 33 million passenger movements.  It could generate around 20,000 jobs related directly to the airport and around 10,000 additional jobs in Western Sydney resulting from stimulated economic activity in the region.  An airport could also generate more than $6.5 billion in output for Western Sydney.
 
Mr Borger said that it was important for residents and businesses in Western Sydney to be informed how an airport would stimulate economic activity.
 
“It is time that we start having a sophisticated and informed debate about what an airport would actually mean for the region.” Mr Borger said.
 
“Our report provides a local government breakdown of these economic impacts.  Given Badgerys Creek’s position in the Liverpool LGA, Liverpool could see more than 20,000 jobs created by 2050.”
 
Mr Borger also said that while it was true that governments realised the need for jobs and economic opportunities to be generated in Western Sydney, they had failed to come up with a concrete plan about how to achieve this.
 
“Despite the population of Western Sydney being greater than South Australia, as well as the combined populations of Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory, Western Sydney does not have the same access which Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra and Darwin are afforded.
 
Mr Borger also said that the report highlights the long lead times needed to establish airports.
 
“Airports traditionally take 6-12 years for planning alone.  If we are to provide Sydney and NSW with sufficient aviation capacity, we need to decide now that Badgerys Creek should be site for Sydney’s additional airport and start planning.”
 
 
The full report can be downloaded at: http://www.nswbusinesschamber.com.au/Lobbying/Thinking-Business


[1] Scenario 1: Assuming 6.1 million international and 20.9 million domestic passenger movements and 487.5 kilo-tonnes of freight p.a.
[2] Scenario 2: Assuming 9.1 million international and 24 million domestic passenger movements and 600.3 kilo-tonnes of freight p.a.
[3] Scenario 3: Assuming 9.1 million international and 24 million domestic passenger movements and 667.9 kilo-tonnes of freight p.a.
 



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