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Western Sydney International Airport designs unveiled

Mock-ups of the Western Sydney International Nancy-Bird Walton Airport reveal a destination inspired by the Australian environment.

CEO of Western Sydney Airport Graham Millet spoke to Ben Fordham about airport’s progress.

“We’re on track and we’re on budget, I’m delighted to say.”

Simplicity and natural influences weighed heavily in the brief presented to architectural firms Zaha Hadid Architects and Sydney’s own Cox Architecture.

“It’s a timeless design, I think.”

Mr Millet says he wants the new airport to be a place residents and travellers alike will enjoy spending time in, comparing it to Singapore’s Changi International.

“We want this to be unlike most other airports in the world, in that we want it to be a calming type of place to be.”

The Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill has been critical of the promotion, saying “frankly, what the people want to know is where the planes are going to fly, not what the terminal looks like.”

While Mr Millet says he isn’t involved in that process, he assured listeners the flight paths will be released “well before” ribbon is cut in 2026.

“I know that there will be extensive public consultation involved.”

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