The Federal Government has appointed technical experts and consultants for a scoping study into Wilton’s suitability as a second Sydney Airport.
The scoping study will involve detailed economic, social and environmental investigations to assess the impact and viability of an airport at Wilton.
It will also explore the use of RAAF Base Richmond for limited civil operations, including any social, economic and environmental impacts.
The clear finding of the independent Joint Study on Aviation Capacity in the Sydney Region is that Sydney needs a second airport—sooner rather than later.
The main purpose of the study is to identify as early as possible the challenges and the opportunities of any airport development.
It is important that a proper investigation take place prior to any final decisions being made.
While these investigations take place, I am also determined to make sure there is proper consultation and engagement with the community.
I have written to local governments and local Members of Parliament this week informing them of the scoping study.
Further I have asked senior representatives from the Department of Infrastructure and Transport to meet and engage with major stakeholders—something they have already started to do.
The following consultants have been appointed:
The scoping study is expected to take at least six months.
A second airport will bring economic benefits to local communities, the state and the nation by creating thousands of jobs and unlocking billions of dollars in investment.
With passenger numbers expected to double by 2035, we know that Sydney’s current aviation infrastructure will not cope with demand.
The economic cost of doing nothing is substantial.
If a second airport is not built, our national economy will suffer as congestion grows and flights and economic investment are turned away.
Unmet demand for aviation in Sydney will cost the national economy $35 billion by 2060. This means giving up the chance to create nearly 78,000 jobs across the country.
Already, we are seeing major problems arising from a lack of aviation infrastructure in Sydney. For example: