Flag celebrating First Nations culture flying high on airport crane

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A flag designed and painted by students from Luddenham Public School is flying high atop one of the cranes building Western Sydney Airport’s airport terminal.

That’s 75 metres high, thank you very much.

Indigenous students at the school produced the flag (pictured below), which celebrates First Nations culture.

Luddenham Public education support officer Krystal Player said flying the flag was an important representation of the school community, where more than a fifth of students are Aboriginal. 

“The flag features fifty dots to symbolise each student in our school and around the dots are the artworks created by each student along with their handprints,” Mrs Player said. 

“This is a great opportunity for students to really connect with the airport and be part of its journey.”

Since construction began, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers have accounted for an average of 2.6 per cent of the Western Sydney Airport team, exceeding the project’s target. 

Western Sydney Airport CEO Simon Hickey said the airport was committed to ensuring Australia’s new global gateway reflects and respects the region’s rich Aboriginal heritage, with First Nations people consulted throughout the airport design process. 

“From 2026, Western Sydney International will welcome millions of visitors from across Australia and the world and we want the airport to celebrate more than 60,000 years of First Nations’ culture with every one of them,” Mr Hickey said. 

“But we’re not waiting until 2026 – we’re celebrating and embedding First Nations culture into everything we do here at Western Sydney Airport from construction to opening.  

“These young students will be able to drive past the airport construction site and proudly see their flag flying high on what will one day be Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport. 

“We want to engage students in what will be one of the most transformational projects in Australia’s history and hopefully one day see them working at Sydney’s new airport. 

“We are committed to ensuring that Western Sydney International makes a meaningful difference to the lives of First Nations people, providing jobs and economic opportunities now and into the future once the airport is operational.” 

Construction of the airport terminal is charging ahead with work under way to build the baggage handling system platform.

The departure and arrival levels are also under way with more than 450 tons of structural steel installed to date and 365 supporting columns now poured. 

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