UWS hosts a symposium on planning for Western Sydney's first international airport

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The Sydney Business Chamber, the leading advocate for the Western Sydney Airport, has brought together aviation and planning experts for the first symposium on how Western Sydney's first international airport will work and how it can transform the city.

The full day conference called Preparing for Take Off was held at the University of Western Sydney's Parramatta Campus, on Friday May 1.

David Borger, Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber said, "It's time we had a bigger conversation about the Western Sydney Airport. We are going to hear from some of the world's leading airport experts including, Dr John Kasarda, International Keynote speaker, academic and co-author of the book Aerotropolis, and Christopher Choa Principal, AECOM Design and Planning, London, to ensure we maximise the benefits an airport can bring to the community."

Kerrie Mather, Managing Director and CEO of Sydney Airport said, "Designing and building the first full service airport for Western Sydney is an opportunity to create something really special. Somewhere that has a sense of place and community, and that respects the history of the area.

"Globally airports are powerhouses of economic activity. Sydney Airport is a testament to the fact that the jobs they generate are real, they are generated in their thousands and they are high quality.

"The analysis we've done shows that the average FTE wage of an employee working in the Sydney Airport precinct is 12 per cent higher than the NSW average. There is no doubt the economic benefit and jobs that the Western Sydney Airport will bring will be significant over time."

Professor Barney Glover, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Western Sydney said, "With the right planning, policy support and investment, the new Airport will accelerate Western Sydney's international appeal, significantly upscaling the region's capacity to build on commercial opportunities throughout Asia and further afield.

"The 'Preparing for Take-off' conference is a commendable initiative on the part of the Chamber and its partners, affording key stakeholders the opportunity to lead and shape the development of the world's-best airport this region warrants."

Mr Borger said business leaders are enthusiastically embracing the potential of a new airport; they also recognise that planning needs to start now.

"This symposium is an important step in the process to ensure we capitalise on the economic opportunities for Western Sydney," he said.

1 May 2015
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