Since construction began last year on the Western Sydney Airport, contracts have delivered tens of millions of dollars to local subcontractors and businesses.
The project, which is on track and on budget to reach its 2026 launch, has seen more than half of the construction jobs associated with it go to local subcontractors in Western Sydney.
A joint venture between CPB Contractors and Lendlease have undertaken major earthworks, moving enough material to fill 8800 Olympic swimming pools.
Cities and Urban Infrastructure Minister, Alan Tudge, said the early earthworks phase provided a better than expected economic boost for the region.
“We have always said that Western Sydney International would be a game changer for the region and provide real economic benefits that flow to locals and we are seeing this take shape,” Tudge said.
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“One year into construction, $37 million worth of work has been subcontracted to local businesses to provide services and equipment to build Sydney’s new airport.”
Western Sydney Airport Chief Executive Officer, Graham Millett, said the $37 million has gone to 24 business in the region from Narellan to Norwest, Blacktown to Bringelly.
“These are local businesses, including several Indigenous businesses, delivering the equipment and services we need to build Sydney’s new airport, whether it’s concrete pumping, plumbing, fencing, demolition or plant equipment supplies,” Millett said.
“We know the flow-on effects of this economic stimulus go much further when it comes to boosting the local economy and this will increase significantly once major earthworks begin in early 2020.”
Millett said Western Sydney Airport is exceeding all of its employment targets for local, Indigenous and learning workers.
“Local workers currently make up more than 50 per cent of the total workforce at Western Sydney Airport, almost double our construction phase target of 30 per cent,” he said.
“As someone who grew up in Western Sydney, I’m proud to be delivering an Airport that is already creating so many opportunities for locals.”
Construction began on the Western Sydney International Airport on the 24th September 2018 and has seen more than 1.5 million cubic metres of earth have been moved.
Major earthworks that will see 23 million cubic metres of earth moved will commence in early 2020. Terminal construction is set to start in 2022 with the airport predicted to open in 2026.