Minimising the impacts on biodiversity
The Australian Government will undertake a range of measures designed to offset the impact on biodiversity from the Western Sydney Airport.
The airport site at Badgerys Creek is dominated by introduced grassland and cleared land with small areas of forest and shrubland. While the condition of native vegetation at the site is generally poor, there are pockets of valuable biodiversity that will either be preserved on site or protected as offsets in the Western Sydney region.
Construction of the airport will require the removal of approximately 1,150 hectares of vegetation. Around 318 hectares (approximately 25 per cent) of the area is native vegetation.
A Biodiversity Experts Group has been established and consists of qualified and experienced biodiversity and ecology experts. Advice provided by the group will inform the Department’s development of a Biodiversity Offset Delivery Plan.
The Government has also committed $10 million to support Greening Australia’s Native Seed Production Area program in Western Sydney, which focuses on the Cumberland Plain. This program aims at future-proofing native seed supply to support conservation.
Threatened species found on the airport site will be relocated, if possible. Airport design will seek to minimise bird and bat strikes and an environmental conservation zone along Badgerys Creek will be established to conserve riparian corridors and other features of high environmental value.
These mitigation measures will be included in the design, construction and operation of the airport.