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$115 million for Western Sydney Airport

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The Australian Government has committed $115 million to fund planning and preparation work for the Western Sydney Airport project in the 2016 Budget.

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Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the proposed Western Sydney Airport would be a catalyst for economic growth and investment in Western S

ydney for decades to come, providing a long term source of local jobs. “Western Sydney is Australia's third largest economy and would be our fourth largest city in its own right, but too many of its residents have to travel outside the region for work,” Mr Chester said.

“Work towards an airport commencing operations in the mid-2020s is underway, with buildings being cleared and minor roads within the site closing.

“To ensure a rail connection can be established to the airport site when the time is right, we have allocated $26 million in 2016–17 for developing the design for rail access.

“The design will establish an exact route and locations of stations within the airport site, so that the land to meet rail requirements is properly preserved, including for tunnels and station boxes.”

Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher said the remaining $89 million in the Budget had been allocated over two years to undertake critical preparatory activities for the airport site.

“This funding will allow for a number of activities to prepare the site, including managing the site security, possibly fencing around the 1,700 hectare site and continuing to plan for the relocation of the TransGrid power line,” Fletcher said.

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