University of Western Sydney speaks out in support of Badgerys Creek airport

The Vice Chancellor of the University of western Sydney has expressed his support for an airport at Badgerys Creek, saying it will unlock the region’s vast economic, employment and intellectual capacity.

Professor Barney Glover said the figures provided in a Deloitte report, released in December 2013, make for a compelling case, projecting that a new airport in western Sydney would generate close to 30,000 new jobs, and $9 billion in economic output for the region by 2050.

He said it was also the nature of these employment and economic opportunities that was most appealing.

“The airport will be a catalyst in the region’s shift from manufacturing to innovation-based industries,” Professor Glover said.

‘‘As western Sydney’s leading research and teaching institution, the university will be pivotal in providing the career-ready graduates and the world-class research expertise to deliver this outcome.”

“Building an airport at Badgerys Creek is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to truly realise western Sydney’s socio-economic potential.

‘‘Importantly, it’s also about enabling this region to play a leading part in the broader development of Sydney as a whole into a truly globally integrated city.

“As the university for the region, we are well positioned to bring our existing expertise to the design, construction and management of the airport’s start-up phases.

“And we will work with all levels of government, business and the community to support aligned industries that emerge as a result of this major infrastructure investment.

“The type of airport developed in Western Sydney is just as important as the decision to go ahead. 

“This new airport must be a world-class facility, and not simply be seen as the poor cousin to Kingsford Smith.”

He said it should also be an airport that caters for both passenger and freight travel and integrates the full range of services and airport infrastructure, such as business and innovation parks, recreation, retail and conferencing facilities.

The Western Sydney Airport Alliance welcomed the university’s public support for the construction of the airport.

The Western Sydney Airport Alliance is a coalition of business, unions and community groups and local institutions which support a western Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek.

“The public support of the University of Western Sydney is another big tick for an airport at Badgerys Creek,” the alliance’s spokesman David Borger said.

“Earlier this month we had our iconic sports teams, Wanderers, Giants, Eels and Tigers throw their public support behind Badgerys Creek for what they believe will be the benefit of their thousands of supporters.

“That was followed by the NSW Opposition Leader, John Robertson, being the first party leader to categorically state that a western Sydney airport should be located at Badgerys Creek.

“Now we have our great educational institution in the University of Western Sydney putting a strong case forward that an airport will be a game-changer for the region.

“It is extremely rare that such a broad collection of organisations agree on the same issue but business, unions, community groups, sports teams and universities are in solid agreement that an airport for Western Sydney located at Badgerys Creek is in the best interests of the region.”

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