NSW school wins contest to design Western Sydney International Airport

14 August 2019 (Last Updated August 14th, 2019 12:34)

Students from McCallums Hill Public School in Roselands, New South Wales (NSW), Australia, have won the competition to design the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.

NSW school wins contest to design Western Sydney International Airport
Winners are grinners: The McCallums Hill Public School team from left, Ben, Star, Joshua, Henry and Alex Credit: NSW Department of Education

Students from McCallums Hill Public School in Roselands, New South Wales (NSW), Australia, have won the competition to design the Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport.

Using the 3D digital building game Minecraft, a team of five Year 5 and 6 students created a design focused on sustainability, customer experience and accessibility.

The competition was conducted by Liverpool City Council in partnership with the NSW Department of Education.

Western Sydney Airport CEO Graham Millett said: “The competition saw students use Minecraft to tackle the same challenge that the Western Sydney Airport team is working on right now, considering passenger experience, sustainability and accessibility to design the best airport possible.”

Liverpool mayor Wendy Waller added: “This competition grew out of Liverpool and is reaching all of Western Sydney. We have some of the brightest minds and their ideas for the future are mind-blowing.”

Around 40 schools from western Sydney participated in the competition.

The winning airport design included solar panels, drought-resistant trees, wind power and automatic cars to assist disabled people. The students also included a display of the Great Barrier Reef.

Year 5/6 support unit class teacher Ben Spiteri said: “We’re ecstatic. It was a really great project to work on, and it is so great for the kids to have won.”

The team has won A$20,000 ($12,108), which will be used for STEM learning resources.

Western Sydney International is slated to open for its first passengers in 2026.