Progress fly­ing at Badgerys

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - YONI BASHAN

CON­STRUC­TION of the run­ways and ter­mi­nal at Syd­ney’s long-awaited sec­ond air­port has moved a step closer after the fed­eral gov­ern­ment signed off on a piv­otal earth­mov­ing con­tract to dig up mil­lions of cu­bic me­tres of soil.

The con­tract, worth more than $500 mil­lion, will see 25 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of earth shifted around Badgerys Creek to pre­pare for the ma­jor el­e­ments to be con­structed.

In­ter­na­tional build­ing com­pany Lendlease was awarded the con­tract with joint part­ners CPB con­trac­tors.

Earth­mov­ing has al­ready been tak­ing place at the site since last Septem­ber but Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son said this new con­tract would see a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in ac­tiv­ity. He said the work would be­gin early next year.

The air­port’s con­struc­tion is cost­ing $5.3 bil­lion and is ex­pected to open in 2026.

Known as the Nancy-Bird Wal­ton Air­port, it is named in hon­our of the trail­blazer and avi­a­tion icon who died in 2009.

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Mathias Cormann said the con­tract sig­nalled a new mile­stone. “The con­trac­tors will soon be work­ing across 1000ha, lead­ing to greater progress and more jobs.”

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