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Design of Badgerys Creek will offer different opportunities from Sydney Airport, pictured.w opp Design of Badgerys Creek will offer different opportunities from Sydney Airport, pictured.w opp
12 July 2015 Posted by 


What it means to be an "aerotropolis"

By Red Dwyer

WHAT do “airport city” and “aerotropolis” have in common?  Liverpool.

Liverpool City Council is promoting itself as the former as Badgerys Creek Airport lies within the local government area and an aerotropolis is a region whose infrastructure, land-use, and economy are centred on an airport.

“Badgerys Creek Airport will provide modern passenger and freight facilities, and will be a magnet for new technology activities across a broad spectrum of industries including aircraft maintenance, tracking software for freight, training and research facilities and services,” said Liverpool Mayor, Ned Mannoun.

USA academic, Dr John Kasarda, director, Centre for Air Commerce, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, at the University of North Carolina, was the leading developer of the aerotropolis concept.

“A vibrant, independent regional economy driven by knowledge jobs requires fast access to other cities and regions,” said David Borger, Western Sydney Director, Sydney Business Chamber

“This is why the Sydney Business Chamber approached Dr John Kasarda to prepare [the Western Sydney Aerotropolis] report to determine whether an aerotropolis could be created in Western Sydney and what we need to do to create it.”

The reports says an aerotropolis consists of the airport’s aeronautical, logistics, and commercial elements, connecting surface transportation infrastructure, and outlying corridors and clusters of aviation-oriented businesses and residential developments that feed off each other and their accessibility to the airport.

The chief value proposition of the aerotropolis is that it offers businesses rapid connectivity to their suppliers, customers, and enterprise partners nationally and worldwide, increasing both firm and regional efficiency.

Aerotropolis firms, many in the high-value perishables, modern industrial, and advanced business service sectors, are often more dependent on distant suppliers, customers, and enterprise partners than those located in their own region.

“We understand that the potential of the airport to boost our city’s economy and bring positive change is unparalleled,” Cr Mannoun said in the report.

Cr Mannoun said council was working closely the Australian and NSW governments and the private sector in the development of the airport.

“As the Airport City, Liverpool is seeing unprecedented development and growth across all sectors, including education and research." Liverpool City Council, Arab Bank Australia and the Sydney Business Chamber funded the report.


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