Formal talks on Sydney's second airport underway


THE plan to build a second airport in Western Sydney is one step closer after the Federal Government entered into formal discussions with the Sydney Airport Group to ensure the project becomes a reality within the next decade.

The owners of Sydney Airport, under a current agreement, have the first right of refusal which gives them first opportunity to develop and operate a second major airport within 100 kilometres of Sydney's centre.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said on Monday the 'notice to consult' would allow the two parties to discuss developing and operating an airport at Badgerys Creek.

He said the consultation phase was expected to take nine months.

"The government is currently undertaking complex and detailed planning towards an operational airport by the mid-2020s that will generate long-term economic benefits, tens of thousands of jobs and transform Western Sydney to meet its rapid growth," he said.

Mr Truss said the consultation phase was one component of the work that is currently underway.

He said detailed work had already commenced on a range of other factors including environmental issues and ensuring genuine community consultation.

"A new airport in Western Sydney is one of the most significant infrastructure projects in Australia, which combined with our roads package of nearly $3 billion, will generate jobs and economic growth in Western Sydney, NSW and nationally," he said.