A major construction contractor has begun major earthworks for Western Sydney International Airport.
CPB Contractors will prepare the foundations for the construction of the terminal, runway and all airport infrastructure.
The scale of the earthworks equates to over 10,000 Olympic swimming pools worth of earth being moved over the site with 12 storeys difference in height from top to bottom.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the commencement of major earthworks was yet another milestone in the construction of a new airport for Western Sydney.
“Undertaking major earthworks will be a mammoth task, with 25 million cubic metres of earth to be moved, laying the platform for the construction of the runway, roads and terminal,” Mr. Morrison said.
“This phase of airport construction will continue to provide a huge boost to jobs and economic activity for the Western Sydney community.”
Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said as major earthworks ramped up so would the number of jobs opportunities closer to home for Western Sydney locals.
“The jobs generated by the airport means thousands of local people, won’t have to travel in peak hour traffic to the other side of Sydney, or further, for work each day,” Mr. Tudge said.
Western Sydney Airport is expected to be complete by 2026.