The Australian Government has confirmed that Commonwealth-owned land at Badgerys Creek will be the site for the Western Sydney Airport, with construction expected to commence from late 2018.
A small section of TransGrid’s 330kV high voltage transmission line (known as Line 39) currently crosses the airport site on structures at the location of the first runway. The Australian Government and TransGrid are working together to relocate the transmission line underground, within the boundary of the airport site.
Works will also include two new transition sites; where the existing off-site overhead transmission line meets the new underground cable. This will ensure the works are achieved with minimal disruption to the surrounding community.
To enable earthmoving works at the Western Sydney Airport site to commence by late 2018 and for safe and efficient operations to commence in 2026, the following activities are required to be undertaken:
The Australian Government is undertaking a range of activities towards Western Sydney Airport commencing operations in 2026. The Environmental Impact Statement has been finalised (excluding the relocation of TransGrid's 330kV line, which will be subject to a separate environmental process) and approval of the Airport Plan, authorising construction and operation of the Stage 1 Western Sydney Airport.
The Airport Plan provides for the relocation of the existing 330kV transmission line to an alternative underground route as an authorised activity under the Airport Plan.
TransGrid has completed the following activities:
For more information about the Western Sydney Airport, please visit westernsydneyairport.gov.au.
An Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for the Transmission Line 39 Diversion to satisfy condition 4(4)(a) of the Airport Plan for Western Sydney Airport under the Airports Act 1996.
This EA draws on the environmental assessment framework under Part 5 of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) and substantially satisfies the environmental assessment requirements stipulated in the NSW Department of Planning & Environment’s NSW Code of Practice for Authorised Network Operators.
The EA is now available for public and stakeholder comment.
Submissions can be lodged until 15 September 2017.
Following the exhibition of the REF, a Submissions Report will be prepared to address any submissions received. Subject to planning approval, construction works are anticipated to commence in December 2017.
Line 39 - Project introduction notification letter
Line 39 - Inspection notification letter