Badgerys Creek - An airport for South Western Sydney

The Australian Government has confirmed that the site for Western Sydney's airport will be Badgerys Creek. The government has suggested that construction is expected to begin in 2016 and will be completed by mid-2020s. During the peak of the construction an estimated will 4000 jobs will be generated.

Please see https://www.pm.gov.au/media/2014-04-15/western-sydney-airport-deliver-jobs-and-infrastructure for Prime Minister's media.

The airport at Badgerys Creek is proposed to start out as a smaller sized airport with a single runway which will serve the expected moderate demand in the short term, but eventually will develop into a full scale airport with parallel runways as demand increases.
The predicted initial cost of building the airport will be in the order of $2.4 billion based on estimated in the Joint Study on aviation capacity in the Sydney region, of which the majority of the investment is expected to come from the private sector. The Federal Government is expected to take the lead on facilitating the surrounding infrastructure, primarily focussing on roads.
Please seehttp://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/airport/western_sydney/sydney_av_cap /index.aspx

for the Joint Study on aviation capacity in the Sydney region report.

Airport Consultation Summary

In November 2013 Council undertook a survey.  A summary of the results is as follows. Key Findings


  • There is majority support for a second Sydney airport and for a Badgerys Creek located airport.
  • The majority of respondents across all forms of consultation methods would use the Badgerys Creek site and perceived a wide community benefit resulting from the airport.
  • People less than 50 years and males were more likely to support the second airport and Badgerys Creek location whereas females and people aged 65 or more were more likely to oppose the location.
  • In terms of important factors:
    • Creation of local jobs and benefits to the economy were the highest ranking factors for consideration in the focus groups and telephone survey. 
    • Aircraft noise ranked more highly in the online survey. This was directly linked to the higher level of opposition for a Badgerys Creek airport in the online survey
  • There was also suggestion of organised advocacy against the airport in the online survey with continuous multiple responses in opposition to the survey being received.
  • Once the results of the telephone poll and focus groups were released and the interim report published, the amount of online survey responses in opposition to the second airport increased significantly.
  • There was a higher frequency of responses in opposition from residents in Bringelly and Greendale. When taking into account the population size for those areas, it is disproportionally high. This demonstrates that there is a strong concern regarding the airport from residents in those areas.

Online Survey


A total of 472 responses from 348 sources (eg: households, workplaces) were received. Duplicate surveys were removed. Survey closed 29 November.

Findings:

The results for one response per source only:

  • 55% of respondents supported the proposal for a second airport and 39% of respondents opposed this.
  • 47% supported the location of an airport at Badgerys Creek, and 50% oppose the proposed location.
  • 48% felt the Liverpool community would benefit from an airport at Badgerys Creek.
  • 55% would use the airport at Badgerys Creek whether they supported it or not.
  •  Aircraft noise and environmental impacts were considered to be of most importance when considering an airport; this was closely followed by creation of local jobs and benefits to the local economy.
  • 55% supported Council in taking an active role and 32% were opposed to this.


The results where there were multiple responses per source:

  • 49% of respondents supported the proposal for a second airport and 45% opposed this.
  • 42% supported the proposed location at Badgerys Creek and 55% were opposed to the proposed location.
  • 48% felt Liverpool would be worst off as a result of the airport.
  • 49% would use the airport whether they supported it or not.
  • Aircraft noise was the most important issue for consideration followed by creation of local jobs and environmental impacts which were of equal importance (18%).
  • 49% of respondents supported Council in taking an active role in the second airport and 39% were opposed to this.

Telephone Survey


1237 residents across the Liverpool local government area were surveyed. Findings:

  • 59.5% of residents support the proposal to build a second airport for Sydney. 11% were indifferent and 29.5% opposed the second airport.
  • 53.5% of residents support Badgerys Creek as the location for a new airport, 11.4% were indifferent and 35.2% opposed the proposed site.
  • 49.5% of residents felt the Liverpool community would benefit from the airport at Badgerys Creek, 30.4% felt it would be worse off and 19.6% thought there would be no change.
  • 64.9% of respondents said they would use the second airport at Badgerys Creek
  • The creation of local jobs, aircraft noise and benefits to the local economy were the most important factors when considering the new airport.
  • 53.4% supported Council taking an active role in the second airport project and 25.5% opposed this.

Focus Groups



39 participants in total. Findings:

  • 75% of participants agreed that there was a need for a second Sydney airport.
  • 62% agreed/strongly agreed that the Liverpool community would benefit from the proposed development.
  • 94% of participants wanted Council to be active in all aspects of a proposed second airport, especially as there was concern that the project would ignore the needs of the Liverpool community.
  • Most of the participants would use an airport at Badgerys Creek.
  • The location of an airport at Badgerys Creek was split between the two groups:
    • The morning group - 59% disagreed or strongly disagreed with locating an airport at Badgerys Creek. This changed to 53% in support of an airport at Badgerys Creek at the end of the focus group, highlighting how attitudes can change once participants are provided with new information and given the opportunity to discuss their views.
    • The evening group - 60% agreed or strongly agreed with locating an airport at Badgerys Creek and 25% were neutral. This changed to 73% in support of the Badgerys Creek location and 11% being neutral at the end of the focus group.
  • The six important factors (when considering a new airport at Badgerys Creek) were fairly evenly dispersed. The exception was in the morning group (mostly unsupportive of a Badgerys Creek located airport) who saw aircraft noise to be the most important factor.

Noise Forecast

The conventional approach to identifying aircraft noise at particular locations is through the use of Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) contours. ANEF contours show the amount of total noise energy received by locations on the ground near an airport on an annual average day.

The common land use compatibility standard states that areas with an aircraft exposure level of less than 20 ANEF are 'acceptable' for residential development. 

Noise-Forecast 

Map of ANEF contours for the proposed Badgerys Creek Airport – identified in the 1998 Environmental Impact Statement Study of Badgerys Creek site. Contours may change subjected to future land use studies.

Light yellow  = ANEF between 20 and 25
Yellow  = ANEF between 25 and 30
Light pink  = ANEF between 30 and 35
Pink = ANEF between 35 and 40
Red  = ANEF exceeding 40

Additional resources

For further information please contact the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development at the Switch Contact Number:   6274 7111 or visit their website : http://infrastructure.nsw.gov.au/  where a map and Fact Sheets are available discussing the issues below :

  • Why do we need an airport in Western Sydney?
  • Why was Badgerys Creek chosen?
  • Building an airport at Badgerys Creek
  • The benefits of an airport at Badgerys Creek
  • Noise impacts at Badgerys Creek
  • Badgerys Creek and the environment
  • Sydney (Kingsford-Smith) Airport and the right of first refusal
  • Badgerys Creek Map

Last updated on 14th Aug 2014