Western Sydney Airport construction boosts economy

It has been one year since the first sod turn at Western Sydney Airport and construction is on track and on budget for a 2026 take-off.

A CPB Contractors and Lendlease joint venture and in June this year had moved enough earth to fill 8800 Olympic swimming pools.

The first 12 months of construction has also delivered an economic boost to locals and businesses in Western Sydney.

New figures show more than 50 per cent of construction jobs have gone to locals, while tens of millions of dollars in contacts have flowed through to local businesses.

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure, Alan Tudge, said the early earthworks phase had provided a better than expected economic boost for the region.

“We have always said that Western Sydney International would be a game changer for the region and provide real economic benefits that flow to locals and we are seeing this take shape,” Mr. Tudge said.

“One year into construction, $37 million worth of work has been subcontracted to local businesses to provide services and equipment to build Sydney’s new airport.”

Mr. Tudge said more than 50 per cent of those employed on the airport are from Western Sydney.

The construction started at Western Sydney International Airport on the 24th September 2018 and now more than 1.5 million cubic metres of earth have been moved.

Major earthworks, by Lendlease and CPB contractors will see 23 million cubic metres of earth moved, will commence in early 2020. Terminal construction is set to start in 2022 with the airport predicted to open in 2026.

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