The Western Sydney International Airport project has hit a major milestone, with contractors moving one million cubic metres of earth.
The CPB Contractors and Lendlease joint venture has moved enough earth to fill 8800 Olympic swimming pools since works commenced in September 2018.
Western Sydney Airport Chief Executive Officer Graham Millett said great progress is being made on this once-in-a-generation project, but there’s still plenty more to be done.
“We are one million cubic metres of earth down, meaning we still have a whopping 21 million to go,” Millett said.
“Levelling the hilly 1,780-hectare site is one of the biggest earthmoving projects in Australian history. The difference between the highest and lowest points is equivalent to a 12-storey building.”
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Most of the earth moved on site will remain, as the amount of earth needed to fill the valleys is roughly equal to what is taken off the hills.
Millett said without the need to import or export large amounts of material there will be fewer trucks on the road.
He said Western Sydney International Airport will help to transform Western Sydney creating thousands of jobs during construction and when the airport opens.
“As someone who grew up in Western Sydney, this project is close to my heart and I’m proud to be on the team delivering an airport that will create so many opportunities for locals.”