NSW Labor have called on the Berejiklian Government to demand
Airservices Australia reverse its plan to relocate the Sydney Airport
Terminal Control Unit (SATCU) interstate to Melbourne.
According to Civil Air Australia, the move would result in the Australian
Government-owned company “willingly parting with up to 65 controllers who
are currently qualified to Sydney Terminal airspace” and would “eliminate
the option of 53 additional tower controllers currently located in the Sydney
Shadow Minister for Western Sydney, Greg Warren said it made no sense
to shift jobs out of Sydney given the Nancy Bird Walton Airport in Western
Sydney was due to open in 2026.
“It beggars belief that the Berejiklian Government has rolled over and
allowed this ludicrous move by Air Service Australia to occur,” he said.
“More than 100 jobs are on the chopping block due to this ridiculous plan.
“We thought it was bad enough that the NSW Liberal Government has
continually failed to provide a plan to create jobs for Western Sydney and
the Aerotropolis, we are now going backwards by losing jobs”.
“If Air Services Australia are adamant that the Sydney Airport Terminal
Control Unit be relocated, then it should move to Western Sydney, not
“The NSW Liberals talk big regarding jobs in Western Sydney, but when it
comes down to the crunch they are nothing but a cowering, toothless tiger.”
Shadow Minister for Jobs, Investment and Tourism, David Harris MP, said it
was alarming the NSW Government didn’t put up a fight to keep the Sydney
Airport Terminal Control Unit from being relocated to Melbourne.
“Sydney should be fighting for every job, particularly highly skilled jobs,” he
“Sydney is the gateway to Australia and with the new airport underway, it
makes no sense that these jobs would be lost to Melbourne.”