Liverpool workers get first pick of airport jobs

Liverpool workers will have the first crack at building and staffing Western Sydney Airport (WSA), the minister responsible for building the airport has promised.

“Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher has said WSA Co — the company that will build and operate the new international airport — will set ‘ambitious employment targets for local workers, apprentices, trainees, Indigenous Australians and other key groups’,” said Liverpool City Council Mayor Wendy Waller.

“That’s exactly the news many people in Liverpool will have been waiting to hear. The airport is being built in our backyard; it’s great to hear that the men and women of Liverpool will build it and run it.

“Currently two-thirds of locals leave Liverpool for work each day. I am sure they will appreciate the opportunity to find good jobs much closer to home.

“Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull aspires to the 30-minute city and we’re ready to embrace that with skilled workers only a 25-minute drive from the Badgerys Creek site of WSA. That trip can get even quicker if we see government investment in a rapid transit corridor and upgraded rail connections.”

Mayor Waller also endorsed new modelling by Ernst and Young that shows WSA will deliver 10,000 more jobs than earlier predicted.

According to the Minister, by 2031 — five years after the airport is scheduled to open – WSA will have delivered an estimated 28,000 additional jobs inside the airport and in surrounding areas.

“Minister Fletcher has said tenders on WSA Co’s billions of dollars of contracts will have to show how they will contribute to the airport’s employment targets,” Mayor Waller said.

“We welcome this initiative and see the value of this endorsement of Liverpool as the skills and education capital of the South West.”

This number of new jobs in the region increases to 47,000 by 2041. These new jobs are in addition to the 11,000 construction jobs during the period the airport is being built.

The first of these jobs will be on the ground within months, with WSA Co to open its head office at Scott Street in Liverpool before the end of this year.