Aviation pioneer Lawrence Hargrave may lend name to airport

Honouring: Wollongong city councillor Leigh Colacino at Stanwell Park beach, the site of Lawrence Hargrave's ground-breaking aviation research. Wollongong City Council has approved his plan to suggest naming the Badgerys Creek airport after the aviation pioneer.Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Honouring: Wollongong city councillor Leigh Colacino at Stanwell Park beach, the site of Lawrence Hargrave's ground-breaking aviation research. Wollongong City Council has approved his plan to suggest naming the Badgerys Creek airport after the aviation pioneer.Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Wollongong city councillors will support a suggestion to name Sydney's new airport after Stanwell Park's aviation pioneer Lawrence Hargrave.

At Monday night's meeting, Cr Leigh Colacino put forward a motion calling on the council to write to Federal Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister Warren Truss and NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian suggesting the airport at Badgerys Creek be named the Lawrence Hargrave International Airport.

Cr Colacino said the suggestion - which he said could be shortened to the pleasant-sounding LHX - had a very good chance of being successful.

"When people understand the reasons why I'm progressing Hargrave's name, and they recognise that he is such an important figure in aviation, I don't really see how anyone could deny that he is in there with a really good shot," Cr Colacino said.

"I've talked to state politicians about the idea as well as federal and they're excited about it as well. They don't see any negatives against it."

Cr Colacino said the airport idea started with a desire to find somewhere in Stanwell Park for a more suitable memorial.

"Within Hargrave's will, he's made it that his house could never be an area that was going to be a shrine to him in any way," he said.

"So it's always been very difficult to find a place in Stanwell Park to honour him."

At a lunch with friends one day shortly after the Badgerys Creek announcement, Cr Colacino wondered aloud what the airport should be called, and Lawrence Hargrave came to mind.

"What a fantastic opportunity to really give credit to this man, without whom no-one would be flying at the time they did.

"At Stanwell Park in the 1890s, an Australian developed the wing that every single plane that flies around is based on.

"There are no planes flying that aren't using the principles he developed at Stanwell Park."

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