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Luddenham Showground upgrade thanks to Western Sydney Airport

15 February 2021

Luddenham Showground is set for an upgrade thanks to a donation of 400 tonnes of asphalt, recycled from the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport site. 

15 truck and dog heavy vehicles of asphalt from the upgraded Old Badgerys Creek Road, will be repurposed to resurface showground roadways and pavements.  

Western Sydney Airport General Manager Community Engagement and Partnerships Katy Hannouch said giving back to the community is a key focus for the organisation. 

“This is another great example of how Western Sydney International is delivering world-class infrastructure and supporting the local community, while also reducing waste and minimising the impact on the environment,” Ms Hannouch said. 

Wayne Willmington, President of Luddenham Show Society said the donation will ensure the Luddenham Showgrounds can continue to serve the local community well into the future.  

“We’re so grateful for this donation from Western Sydney Airport, which will improve road access to people using the showground,” Mr Willmington said.  

“It’s good to see WSA getting involved in the local community by helping us out with a donation like this. We would never be able to organise this on our own or cover the cost of the materials, and WSA have made it possible.” 

The Luddenham Show Society was formed in 1891, and the Showground was added to the Heritage register in 2005 as a unique example of a traditional rural showground reserve.  

Western Sydney Airport is a proud supporter of the community-run showground, which is home to the annual Luddenham Show, coordinating a volunteer effort of WSA and Bechtel employees to paint the fence surrounding the grounds, and was a Supreme level sponsor of the Show in 2019 and 2020. 

Ms Hannouch said additional recycled asphalt would contribute to the Major Earthworks project’s sustainability rating. 

“Western Sydney Airport’s asphalt recycling effort meets the requirements of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia and helps WSA achieve its sustainability targets,” Ms Hannouch said 

“The first phase of our earthworks received an ‘Excellent’ sustainability rating, so the community can be confident about our committed  approach.” 

Western Sydney International is one of the biggest earthmoving projects in Australian history, with 10 million cubic metres of earth already moved across the 1780-hectare site.  

Western Sydney International is on track to open for international, domestic and air cargo flights in late 2026. 

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