Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport

Western Sydney Aerotropolis

In April 2014 the Australian Government announced Badgerys Creek as the site of a second major airport for Sydney.  The draft Airport Plan and the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Western Sydney Airport were released for consultation in October 2015.

The Australian Government is investing up to $5.3 billion in equity to deliver the airport through a government-owned company, 'Western Sydney Airport'.

The airport will be a full service airport operating without curfew, delivering international, domestic and freight services. It covers an area of 12km x 12km – equivalent to the area from Darling Harbour to Botany Bay.

Construction of the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport has commenced and is on track to begin operations in 2026. 

How will the Airport Affect Wollondilly?

Western Sydney International Airport will be just 11km directly north east of Wollondilly and it will have implications for certain lands in Wollondilly local government area in proximity to the runway.

The airport will attract investment in business in Western Sydney including Wollondilly, ranging from agricultural, manufacturing and logistics to hospitality, education and other professional services. It will enable businesses to have quicker and more convenient access to overseas markets.

Tourism will also be boosted, with the airport providing better accessibility to destinations across Western Sydney including Wollondilly.

This will impact land uses in proximity to the new airport, obstacle limitations and noise. More information is provided in the drop down tabs below.

Council is working to leverage the opportunities that the airport and related economic uses such as agriculture, tourism and agri-business can bring to Wollondilly.


The latest issue of the Western Sydney Airport Community Update newsletter is now available.

The update includes information on completed and upcoming work at the airport site, an update from Forum On Western Sydney Airport (FOWSA’s) Chair, information about airspace design and details of how Aboriginal cultural heritage is being protected. It also includes information on the Australian Government’s commitment to maintaining the biodiversity of Western Sydney.

The newsletter is available at www.westernsydneyairport.gov.au. You can also speak to a member of the project team by phoning 1800 038 160.


The Department of Planning, Infrastructure and Environment is currently undertaking the strategic planning for the greenfield land around the airport will unlock opportunities to deliver new jobs and homes supported by key infrastructure in the heart of Western Sydney, bringing us another step closer to realising a 30-minute city.

The Department is currently exhibiting three key documents including:

  • Draft Western Sydney Aerotropolis Plan 
  • Western Sydney Aerotropolis Discussion Paper on the proposed State Environmental Planning Policy 
  • Draft Western Sydney Aerotropolis Development Control Plan Phase 1

The documents are on exhibition until 28 February 2020. To have your say please go the Departments website

Stage 1 can be found at the Department of Planning website.

The determination of flight paths is not within the remit of Western Sydney Airport. Flight paths will be determined by Airservices Australia and the Federal Government with FOWSA providing advice. Flight paths are not yet available.

See fact sheet on the Western Sydney Airport website

Western Sydney Airport provides the following Obstacle Limitation Surface (OLS) Tool, found on the Western Sydney Airport website.

The OLS balances the need to ensure a safe operating environment for aircraft with the community's need for clarity about development surrounding the airport. It is important to note that development may still be allowed within the OLS airspace. The purpose of the OLS is to ensure that development within the OLS area is examined for its impact on future aircraft operations and that it is properly taken into account.

The OLS is a conceptual (imaginary) surface associated with a runway, that identifies the lower limits of the aerodrome airspace above which objects (including buildings) become obstacles to aircraft operations. This limit does not provide an indication of nor does it relate to noise impacts.

The Western Sydney Airport website provide a noise modelling tool found on the Western Sydney Airport website.

This tool allow you to review indicative noise exposure levels over specific addresses in 2030, 2050 and 2063.

This is indicative information only based on current forecasts, modelling and assumptions. Changes to flight paths or aircraft forecasts will change noise contours, and the actual aircraft noise over specific addresses may be different to that shown in the tool. Formalising the flight paths and establishing airspace management arrangements at the Western Sydney Airport will involve close consultation with the community and stakeholders as part of the flight path design process.

The tool provides Australian Noise Exposure Concept (ANEC) contours are conceptual and exist prior to final sign off.

The National Airports Safeguarding Framework provides guidance on planning requirements for development that affects aviation operations. This includes building activity around airports that might enter operational airspace and/or affect navigational procedures for aircraft.

The framework consists of nine guidelines and can be found on the Department of Infrastructure website.

It is the responsibility of each state and territory to implement the Framework into their respective planning systems. Each state and territory will align their respective planning processes with the Framework principles and guidelines, as they see appropriate.