Statement on Melbourne Airport’s proposed third runway and impacts

“Melbourne Airport is an important neighbour of Brimbank’s and Council remains committed to meaningful engagement on future developments that impact our community.

“Council’s MOU with Melbourne Airport provides a pathway to work together and transform the west and Brimbank’s economic and social potential.

“Brimbank recognises the important economic role the Airport plays for our region in supporting local industries, businesses and jobs, as well as the challenges of returning tourism and flights to pre Covid-19 levels.

“The expansion of the Melbourne Airport and the anticipated noise levels, including the environmental, amenity, infrastructure and congestion impacts has been an ongoing concern for the community and Council.

“Council wants to mitigate these impacts on the Brimbank community. We’re calling for a transparent approach and more rigorous community engagement on the planning of the proposed third runway.

“Over the past 18 months Council has been advocating with Melbourne Airport, Federal and State Governments, Airservices Australia and other key authorities to raise concerns around the proposed north-south runway and its impact on amenity and wellbeing of our community.

“Last year, we met with Minister Michael McCormack’s office, the Federal Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, and raised our concerns around the impacts of a potential future third runway at Melbourne Airport.

“Council also participated in a hearing and provided a submission to the Melbourne Airport and Environs Safeguarding Standing Advisory Committee (MAESSAC) raising issues and concerns about planning and engagement with the community. Further, Council provided a submission to Airservices Australia about the Draft Flight Path Principles in 2020.

“Council will also be preparing a submission to the Melbourne Airport Master Plan Update and Major Development Plan for the Third Runway when they are released by Melbourne Airport.

“This is part of Council’s drive to ensure Melbourne Airport’s proposed new third runway addresses the impacts on community health and wellbeing.

“Ultimately, we’re keen to work with Melbourne Airport to ensure key stakeholders and surrounding residents are appropriately consulted and communicated over these critical matters.”

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