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Taking off: local business interest in new airport

The first planes won’t land at Badgerys Creek for another six years, but what is already taking off is the interest local businesses have in what benefits Western Sydney International Airport will bring to Macarthur and outer South West Sydney.

That’s the main reason a business breakfast featuring Western City and Aerotropolis Authority CEO Sam Sangster yesterday morning was a sell-out.

Camden Council and the Camden Region Economic Taskforce (CRET) hosted the business breakfast.

“Camden is a key player in Western Sydney and the development of the Western Sydney Airport and Aerotropolis is instrumental to growing the local Camden economy,” says CRET chair Adriana Care.

“It will assist our residents to gain employment closer to home, attract visitors to explore our many unique tourism sites and experiences, and provide our existing and future businesses many opportunities to grow and prosper,” Ms Care said.

Business interest taking off: From left to right, CRET chair Adriana Care, Western City and Aerotropolis Authority CEO Sam Sangster,and Mayor of Camden, Cr Theresa Fedeli.

Mayor of Camden, Cr Theresa Fedeli, agreed.

“The Western Sydney Airport is right at Camden’s doorstep, perfectly positioned for our area to benefit from the many business prospects and population growth to come.

“I know today’s attendees had lots of information and ideas to soak up and I am sure we’ll see many of them take advantage of some exciting opportunities in the near future.”

The guest speaker, Mr Sangster, told the breakfast the “22nd century city being built around the Western Sydney Airport will have a big impact on surrounding areas, including Camden’’.

“We are attracting new industries to the Western Parkland City to create 200,000 knowledge jobs over the next 20 years,” Mr Sangster said.

“Some of the biggest advanced manufacturing firms in the world have already committed to the Aerotropolis, including Hitachi, DB Schenker and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

 “This investment will bring the best jobs closer to home for people who live in Camden, so they no longer have to look to the east.”

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