New airport now needs name

Sky's the limit: David Trist believes St Marys-Mount Druitt will benefit from the airport to be built at Badgerys Creek "Western Sydney needs a first-class airport," he said. Picture: Gary Warrick

Sky's the limit: David Trist believes St Marys-Mount Druitt will benefit from the airport to be built at Badgerys Creek "Western Sydney needs a first-class airport," he said. Picture: Gary Warrick

ONE of St Marys' most outspoken supporters of a second airport for Sydney is flying high with ideas now the federal government has confirmed Badgerys Creek as the site.

Businessman David Trist believes the public should have a say in the airport and suggested a naming competition.

He hopes it will be named after an aviation pioneer but is open to other ideas, as long as it's not a politician.

"The public should have an impact on the name and design of the airport," Mr Trist said. "I compare the importance of the the new airport for our western Sydney economy to the Snowy River Scheme and its value to the Australian economy."

Mr Trist also hopes an Asian airline will establish their headquarters at Badgerys Creek.

"It would be a tremendous boost for the economy," he said. "It would give western Sydney the first bite of the cherry of international tourists."

Mr Trist also wants assurances the airport is operated for the benefit of western Sydney and not as an auxiliary for the benefit of Sydney Airport.

"Administration and advancement of the second airport should be controlled by a small, effective corporate entity that reports directly to a federal minister and communicates openly and freely with the media," he said

He has already met with Sydney Business Chamber western Sydney director David Borger about his ideas and hopes to have discussions in Canberra in coming months.

■ What do you think the new airport should be called? Your voice at stmarysstar.com.au.

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