Local MPs want Badgerys Creek turned into hi-tech park

Members of Parliament in Western Sydney are lobbying to turn the Badgerys Creek airport site into an information technology city in a bid to create more than 100,000 jobs.

The proposal was outlined by Labor MP Roger Price at a meeting of 10 local representatives endorsing a report by the Greater Western Sydney Economic Development Board.

The report said that as a high-tech park the 1,800-hectare site could create 100,000 jobs directly and 300,000 indirectly.

Last December, the Federal Government put the planned airport on hold but quarantined the site, and will review the decision in 2005. Changes were made to increase the capacity at Kingsford-Smith Airport until at least 2010.

Dubbed the Technology, Employment and Learning Corridor (TELC), the report recommends a mix of IT, education, housing and recreation, jointly funded by the government and private sectors.

Price said the innovative alternative to an airport was a powerful high-tech jobs generator for the region, where only 4 per cent of jobs were IT-related, compared to 20 per cent in Sydney overall.

Inner-western Sydney Labor MP Anthony Albanese said the concept was good but did not overcome the eventual need for a second airport, which would generate 60,000 jobs.

He said the report represented only some Western Sydney Labor MPs and a second Sydney airport was still Labor Party policy.

"I doubt the report says anything about the need for a second Sydney airport and that is an issue which has to be addressed," Albanese told AAP.

A spokesman for Transport Minister John Anderson said the government had no objection to the TELC concept, but not at Badgerys Creek.

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