Western Sydney airport and liveability
Students investigate the social, economic, and environmental impacts of the Western Sydney airport development on the area of Badgerys Creek. They consider how the development will affect different stakeholders and the liveability of the Badgerys Creek region.
This activity focuses on the geographical concepts of place, space and interconnection.
By the end of Year 7, students describe geographical processes that influence the characteristics of places and how the characteristics of places are perceived and valued differently. They explain interconnections between people and places and environments and describe how these interconnections change places and environments. They describe alternative strategies to a geographical challenge referring to environmental, economic and social factors.
Students identify geographically significant questions to frame an inquiry. They evaluate a range of primary and secondary sources to locate useful information and data. They record and represent data and the location and distribution of geographical phenomena in a range of forms, including large-scale and small-scale maps that conform to cartographic conventions. They interpret and analyse geographical maps, data and other information to propose simple explanations for spatial distributions, patterns, trends and relationships, and draw conclusions. Students present findings and arguments using relevant geographical terminology and digital technologies in a range of communication forms. They propose action in response to a geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic and social factors, and describe the expected effects of their proposal.
Geographical Knowledge and Understanding
The influence of accessibility to services and facilities on the liveability of places (ACHGK044).
The influence of environmental quality on the liveability of places (ACHGK045).
The influence of social connectedness and community identity on the liveability of places (ACHGK046).
Strategies used to enhance the liveability of places, especially for young people, including examples from Australia and Europe (ACHGK047).
Geographical Inquiry and Skills
Evaluate sources for their reliability and usefulness and select, collect and record relevant geographical data and information, using ethical protocols, from appropriate primary and secondary sources (ACHGS048).
Apply geographical concepts to draw conclusions based on the analysis of the data and information collected (ACHGS052).
Present findings, arguments and ideas in a range of communication forms selected to suit a particular audience and purpose; using geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS053).
Badgerys Creek role cards
Student learning resources
Sydney: A metropolis of three cities
Western Sydney airport and liveablity
Western Sydney Airport and liveablity
Writing paragraphs in Geography
Suggested activity sequence
This sequence is intended as a framework to be modified and adapted by teachers to suit the needs of a class group. If you assign this activity to a class, your students will be assigned all student resources on their 'My learning' page. You can also hand-pick the resources students are assigned by selecting individual resources when you add a work item to a class in 'My classes'.
Part A: Investigating
- As a class, read the explainer.
- Students complete the worksheet. They will need to refer to the explainer and source A (and internet research if required).
Part B: Identifying different perspectives
- As a class, read through source B and explain any terms or definitions students are unfamiliar with, including the meaning of the maps.
- Organise the class into 6 groups.
- Give each group one role card.
- Students refer to source B and their completed worksheet to discuss how the Western Sydney Airport (WSA) will affect liveability of the area from the perspective of the people on their role card.
- The following questions might be used to prompt their thinking:
- Which aspects of liveability will be affected by the WSA?
- How will these changes improve liveability of the area for the group of people?
- How will these changes detract from the liveability of the area for the group of people?
- Each group presents their views (from the perspective of the people they are representing) to the class.
- The class discusses the effects of the decision on different stakeholders, any differences they identified and the reasons for these differences.
Part C: Communicating
- Explicitly teach students how paragraphs are structured or refer students to Writing paragraphs in Geography – Model.
- Students write a paragraph explaining the impact of the Western Sydney airport on the liveability of the area of Badgerys Creek.