Premier's Badgerys Creek airport call

PREMIER Barry O'Farrell told a meeting of Liverpool business people there was no longer any point debating whether or not there would be an airport at Badgerys Creek.

"It's clear that it's going to be built; there's going to be an airport there," Mr O'Farrell told a Liverpool Chamber of Commerce function last week.

He said the airport had been discussed for 40 years without any government reaching a decision and that it was now time the matter was resolved.

"Now the Prime Minister has committed to making a decision this term — this year," Mr O'Farrell said.

"But what's really needed is infrastructure.

"There needs to be a fuel pipeline [and] connections to existing railway lines and roadways.

"The funding needs to be there to facilitate the infrastructure,"

A question about the future of Badgerys Creek was the first one he received during the question-and-answer session.

Mr O'Farrell said the infrastructure upgrades already taking place in the area would help to connect the airport to the rest of Sydney.

"The South West Rail Link is running ahead of schedule and under budget, the M5 widening is on track to being completed and WestConnex is on its way," he said.

"Camden Valley Way is receiving an $80 million upgrade and Bringelly Road is going to be upgraded to the tune of $30 million to service the Western Sydney Employment lands which are already planned."

Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun told the chamber of commerce meeting that Liverpool would soon be at the heart of "western Sydney's aviation hub".


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