Progress flying at Badgerys
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.”