GROWING THE SOUTH-WEST | Business leaders explore opportunities at Western Sydney Airport

Earlier, this month, more than 70 property-industry leaders from across the state converged on the Western Sydney Airport site as part of a day of industry briefings and site tours organised by the Property Council of Australia.

"The Western Sydney Airport is more than just a landing strip and a terminal -- it will be a business destination in its own right," said Ross Grove, the Property Council's Western Sydney regional director.

"The airport's masterplan earmarks 191 hectares of premium airport land surrounding the airport's second metro station for a business park integrating office, retail, industrial, hotel and conference facilities.

"Our members are enthusiastic about the opportunities available on the site at the airport. There's a lot that can be achieved for Western Sydney when a piece of infrastructure is delivered in partnership with industry."

Master-planning work on the airport business park is currently being prepared by Architectus. Work to build Western Sydney Airport began on September 24, with the business park set to open before the airport operations begin in 2026.

Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport at Badgerys Creek is planned to have 24-hour and curfew-free operations.

Construction of stage 1 is due to be completed and open by December 2026.

The site was officially designated by the Federal Government in 2014 after decades of debate on the location of a second Sydney airport.

It's 44 kilometres west of the Sydney central business district and 41 kilometres west of Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport.

It's 13 kilometres south of Penrith CBD and within 7 kilometres of the Blue Mountains National Park.

It's within the City of Liverpool local-government area and comprises about 1700 hectares of Commonwealth land acquired between 1986 and 1991.

The Federal Government claims the initial construction phase is expected to generate about 4000 jobs.

The airport development is expected to create about 35,000 jobs by 2035.

This figure is anticipated to increase to about 60,000 jobs over time.