Federal

Apr 15, 2014

A new airport for a demanding growth corridor few even imagined

The battle will turn to infrastructure between New South Wales and the feds now there's agreement on the location of Sydney's second airport. An explosive population demands it.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

Federal cabinet’s much-leaked green light on seed funding for Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek will start what could be an epic struggle over infrastructure spending between the New South Wales and federal governments.

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell wants money for railways and highways for the wider western Sydney communities; Prime Minister Tony Abbott is all for highways plus selling the development rights for top dollar to private enterprise. Abbott wants to focus on getting the airport underway; O’Farrell wants to cast as wide a net as possible to snare additional federal funding for Sydney suburban infrastructure as the price for state government support.

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7 thoughts on “A new airport for a demanding growth corridor few even imagined

  1. klewso

    “In these “diabolical” economic times?”

  2. Sailor

    “a future no one foresaw with any seriousness when Badgerys Creek was acquired and preserved for a fanciful airport in 1986.”

    WTF??? I clearly remember driving to work one morning in the mid-70s & nodding (as sagely as a mid-30s lad can) at radio reports like: “Badgery’s Creek/2nd airport is essential, & the Aust Gov’t has to start constructing now before the whole area is overtaken by urban sprawl by people who want larger houses cheaper than (say) Paddington can provide start moving in ‘en masse’.

    True. I’m sure it would have been something like ABC/AM I was listening to.

    The problem was obvious – there have been heaps of examples of the problems that political fear & delay inevitably bring. And have brought. Great for the work opportunities where they’re needed, though.

  3. K.D. Afford

    Pie in the sky. By the time money is wasted on this our world would have changed so drastically from our inability to address climate change, now, that few will be flying anywhere other than for war!

  4. burninglog

    “The messiness of the Howard government’s selling of public assets that were natural monopolies to buyers who could immunise themselves from competitive contagion with even more money until the end of time is about to become apparent.”

    Ahh!

    The great managers of the economy….

  5. Altakoi

    So is this the money the productivity commission said we couldnt have for a rail line between Sydney and Melbourne which would take a lot of that air traffic. Because they always get asked about rail lines.

  6. Salamander

    No fast trains anywhere while these Canberra cowboys are preening themselves. Horses, maybe.

  7. Dogs breakfast

    “The messiness of the Howard government’s selling of public assets that were natural monopolies to buyers who could immunise themselves from competitive contagion with even more money until the end of time is about to become apparent.”

    Absolutely, MR(s?) burninglog. The fine print in all these wonderful Howard govt ‘initiatives’ comes home to roost, just like the FTA with USA, where they get to bend us over and we get to say ‘yes please’.

    The Howard Costello years should rightly be remembered as the worst government during the best of times. What a bunch of crocks.

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