Western Sydney Airport Work with NSW Wheelchair Rugby League on Airport Design

Friday, 25 January 2019
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today joined players and staff from the NSW Wheelchair Rugby League to announce that WSA Co will be engaging the League to contribute to the design of the Western Sydney Airport. 
This agreement will ensure all Australians – regardless of their mobility issues – have the same level of access to this world-class facility when it opens. 
Senator Payne said the the players and representatives from the Wheelchair Rugby League have unique insights into accessibility considerations.  
“These players have travelled extensively as a team, and their advice on accessibility considerations for the airport will be invaluable,” Senator Payne said. 
Elite competitions are played all over Australia and across the globe, so tapping into the players’ experiences will be important as WSA Co works towards finalising the design of the airport. 
Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, said the Morrison Government welcomed WSA Co’s approach to ensuring the airport provides an enjoyable experience for all travelers. 
“One of our Government’s key priorities in delivering Western Sydney Airport is ensuring it is a world-class facility that provides the best experience for all travelers and visitors to the airport,” Mr Tudge said. 
“This partnership with NSW Wheelchair Rugby League is one way in which Western Sydney Airport is working to achieve that, and the company will also work with regulators and a range of stakeholders to optimise accessibility for everyone.”  
NSW Wheelchair Rugby League Chairman, Edie George said he was pleased Western Sydney Airport would be supporting the NSWWRL 2019 competition and working with players to put their valuable insights into the design of the airport. 
“It’s great to see Western Sydney Airport putting a real focus on designing and building an inclusive airport that caters to travelers of all abilities,” Mr George said. 
“It’s important that all infrastructure projects and all organisations keep these important considerations front and centre so people of all abilities can not only use these facilities but enjoy them and have great experiences.” 
Today’s announcement shows how committed WSA Co – and the Australian Government – is to ensure all parts of our community will benefit from the airport. 
“I’m pleased that Western Sydney Airport is partnering with NSW Wheelchair Rugby League at these early stages of the airport design process to build an airport that Western Sydney, and all Australians, can be proud of,” Senator Payne said. 


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