Liverpool confirmed as home of Western Sydney Airport

Liverpool’s status as the gateway to the new Western Sydney Airport has been confirmed with the company that will deliver the project announcing it will be based in the heart of the city.

“This is the best possible news for Liverpool,” said a delighted Liverpool City Council Mayor Wendy Waller, after the announcement by Paul Fletcher, Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure, that WSA Co would open its office in the city before the end of the year.

“It sets the city up for a very exciting future – a decade that will firmly establish Liverpool as the jumping-off point for the new airport.

“The Western Sydney Airport is one of the biggest projects being built anywhere in Australia – and it is being built entirely in our Local Government Area.

“To have the headquarters of this $5.3 billion operation in our CBD is a massive vote of confidence in our capacity to support this project.

“We have the skilled workforce needed to build and run the airport and a rich history in manufacturing and defence.

“This announcement sends a very clear signal to anyone thinking of investing in the airport, business parks and aerospace precinct: you need to be in Liverpool too.”

WSA will create more than 31,000 jobs, many of which will be filled by local residents, and the opportunities will flow long before the airport’s opening, with work beginning next year.

The airport has been welcomed by residents, with an official survey showing more than 80 per cent of ratepayers believe in the job-creating opportunities for the city.

WSA Co’s establishment in Liverpool is the second major investment decision already made, with global defence and aerospace company Northrop Grumman to build a $50 million advanced defence electronics centre in the airport precinct.

Liverpool’s CBD is rapidly changing with three universities setting down roots. Student numbers in the city will surge within five years, making the city the education capital of south west Sydney.

“This decision will contribute significantly to the revitalisation of the city centre,” Mayor Waller said.

“We are a city with the world at its feet.”