Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott has declared his support for a Western Sydney Airport to be based at Badgery’s Creek.
Mr Elliott said a growing number of business leaders and constituents in the Baulkham Hills electorate had spoken to him in recent discussions about identity, growth and a potential airport for Western Sydney.
“For too long many who have hailed from this important region have felt that our home has been treated as convenient suburban sprawl,” Mr Elliott said.
“Western Sydney has its own identity, needs, aspirations, economy and, with a gross domestic product larger than that of Singapore, Western Sydney deserves the infrastructure investments that are sorely lacking after years of Labor neglect.
“The Howard Government gave Western Sydney the M7 Motorway and the O’Farrell Government is delivering to the region the South West Rail Link, the North West Rail Link and WestConnex and it is now time for Western Sydney to spread its wings.”
Mr Elliott said it was vital to deliver a second airport to ensure Sydney remains a global city, as similar sized cities around the world enjoyed the benefits of two airports.
“Thanks to the foresight of John Howard and Premier Barry O’Farrell, Western Sydney is now the infrastructure capital of Australia and we have never been better prepared for an international freight and commercial aviation hub,” Mr Elliott said.
“An airport cannot be known as the greatest infrastructure program Western Sydney never had, and I am pleased to see that the Federal Government is making significant steps towards the construction of a second airport in Western Sydney.”
Mr Elliott said he agreed with Premier Barry O’Farrell’s statements that the Federal Government needs to put money into supporting the infrastructure for that airport.
“I welcome the fact that the Federal Government is considering doing something equally important if it is to proceed with a Federal airport—that is, put money into infrastructure to support that airport,” Mr Elliott said.
“Although I acknowledge that aviation policy falls within the Federal jurisdiction and the Premier has reminded the Commonwealth that it has the responsibility to develop and finance this particular project, I call on the Commonwealth to make the necessary arrangements to guarantee Western Sydney’s future.”