Friday, 1 May 2015.

Unions NSW Secretary Mark Lennon is keen to see work stepped up on roads and earthworks associated with the new airport at Badgerys Creek because the project has the potential to transform Western Sydney.

Speaking ahead of Sydney Business Chamber’s “Preparing for Takeoff Conference” Mr Lennon said the new airport would drive economic activity right across Western Sydney creating thousands of new jobs in a range of industries.

“This is the kind of project that Western Sydney needs to kick start its economy and begin to reduce the levels of unemployment which are above the state average,” Mr Lennon said.

Recent labour force figures show Western Sydney is lagging behind the rest of the Sydney region with places like Fairfield reaching unemployment rates of 9.7%.

“An airport at Badgerys Creek has enormous potential to create jobs in the area, especially for young people and apprentices which will go a long way to addressing the unacceptably high rates of youth unemployment,” he said.

“Badgerys Creek will attract businesses and investment with thousands of direct and indirect jobs expected to be generated, not only in construction but also in transport, warehousing, the aviation sector and services industries.”

Projections by the NSW Business Chamber have estimated the project would create more than 30,000 new jobs in Western Sydney, providing a much needed boost for the region and also providing an economic benefit to Sydney, the State and ultimately Australia as a whole.

“Unions NSW is supporting the Badgerys Creek airport project because it will provide opportunities for workers to gain valuable new skills.

“However it is important that as part of this debate we think about what these jobs look like in the short and long term and ensure safe and secure work is made available that allow people to earn a living wage for decades to come.”

Media contact Saoirse Connolly 0437048169

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