The site of the new Western Sydney Airport has been cleared, with the last remaining building removed.
The 1,780-hectare Badgerys Creek site has been transformed into a construction zone with preparatory works underway — ready for early stage earthworks to begin before the end of 2018.
Work to relocate 3.2km of an above ground high-voltage power line that crosses the site to an underground cable route wholly located within the airport site has also started.
The work is being carried out by TransGrid, the manager and operator of the NSW transmission network.
The project is an Australian first for a 330kV transmission network, using an underground cable to connect two sections of aboveground cable on the same line.
This is an innovative solution that supports the construction of the airport while maintaining a safe, reliable electricity supply.
This relocation is critical before the substantial program of works can begin, including moving 22 million cubic metres of earth.
Western Sydney Airport will lead the region’s positive transformation over the next decade, attracting businesses and supporting thousands of jobs.
The airport is expected to be complete by 2026.