Wilton, New South Wales

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Wilton
New South Wales
Wilton Parachute Centre NSW.jpg
Wilton Parachute Centre
Wilton is located in New South Wales
Wilton
Wilton
Coordinates 34°14′S 150°42′E / 34.233°S 150.700°E / -34.233; 150.700Coordinates: 34°14′S 150°42′E / 34.233°S 150.700°E / -34.233; 150.700
Population 3,080 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2571
Location
LGA(s) Wollondilly Shire
Region Macarthur
State electorate(s) Wollondilly
Federal Division(s) Hume
Localities around Wilton:
Douglas Park Appin
Maldon Wilton Cataract
Pheasants Nest

Wilton is a small town of the Macarthur Region of New South Wales, Australia in the Wollondilly Shire. The town is located around 80 km south west of Sydney CBD. It is home to a population of 3080 and includes the new estate of Bingara Gorge. It is located within close proximity Cataract Dam. Furthermore, the town is just located off Picton Road which diverges off the Hume Highway to Wollongong. Wilton has a take away, which includes pizza, and opposite thereof is a Shell service station. The Bingara George development includes a Domino's pizza shop, a Spar store, a medical centre & pharmacy, a liquor store, 2 cafes and a Chinese restaurant.

After a process that had its origins in the 1970s an intergovernmental group suggested in 1986 that Wilton and Badgerys Creek were preferred sites for a potential second airport of Sydney in the Sydney Basin. The federal government under Bob Hawke selected Badgerys Creek.[2] In April 2012 the then federal Minister for Transport, Anthony Albanese and Qantas chairman Alan Joyce endorsed the suitability of Wilton as a location for a potential second airport of Sydney.[3][4] On 8 May 2012, with the site selection process still stalled Anthony Albanese, announced further investigations into the Wilton site.[5] The NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell opposed the use of Wilton as an airport. In April 2014 Prime Minister Tony Abbott confirmed approval for the location of Sydney's second airport at Badgerys Creek.

Sport

Hannaford Oval is home to Wollondilly White Waratahs Rugby Union Club in the winter. In the summer the oval is used by Camden District Cricket Association and the Bradbury Cricket Club.[citation needed] Wilton is home to the Sydney Skydiving Centre.[6]

References

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Wilton (NSW)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 13 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Philip Laird (2001). Where We Are Now. Back on Track. UNSW Press. p. 30. ISBN 0 86840 411 X. 
  3. ^ Andrew Clennell: Ignore the Premier and build second airport at Badgerys Creek, says Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, The Daily Telegraph, 23 April 2012.
  4. ^ Lenore Taylor: "Albanese kick-starts airport at Wilton", Sydney Morning Herald 12 April 2012
  5. ^ AAP "Airport study to look at Wilton", Sydney Morning Herald, 9 May 2012.
  6. ^ Sydney Skydive
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