Brimbank Council has welcomed an opportunity to contribute to the future planning and development of Melbourne Airport through a submission on the draft Melbourne Airport Master Plan 2018, which provides a 20-year vision for the development of the airport.
Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice said Council’s submission outlines its feedback and also expresses what outcomes Council seeks from the Airport Master Plan.
“Council wants to make sure that the Melbourne Airport expansion will benefit Brimbank and that Melbourne Airport continues to address the amenity impacts on Brimbank as a result of airport operations and development.
“We also want Council and our community to be kept informed and consulted about the amenity impacts on Brimbank,” Cr Giudice said.
Melbourne Airport is one of the most significant gateways to Victoria and it provides significant social and economic benefits to Victoria and surrounding communities.
The expansion of Melbourne Airport is expected to benefit Brimbank through increased local employment opportunities, as well as opportunities for local businesses to provide services that support the airport and the surrounding business park.
The proximity of Melbourne Airport and the future construction of the Melbourne Airport Rail Link will also support the development of the Sunshine National Employment and Innovation Cluster. Increased passengers flying into Melbourne Airport also supports Brimbank’s visitor economy.
Council’s submission provided feedback on a number of important areas relating to the draft Airport Master Plan 2018, such as
“Airport noise is a key issue for our community, especially during the evening for people in Keilor Village, and it is vital that the airport works effectively to address these issues.
“Council wants an appropriate network of Environmental Monitoring Units (EMU) installed, including an EMU at Keilor within the City of Brimbank. We also want the Airport to engage with the affected community in Brimbank in relation to the short term noise impacts during the time the third runway is being constructed.
“Council’s submission has also flagged ongoing concern about the reported presence of Per-and polyfluoroalkyl pollutants (PFAS) coming from the airport and possibly entering waterways within Brimbank. Council wants the airport master plan to more specifically address known contamination issues and how the airport will work with stakeholders to remediate or mitigate the situation,” Cr Giudice said.
Council is also seeking the Airport Master Plan delivers on range of other matters including
“Council is keen to continue working with Melbourne Airport to build on opportunities for Brimbank to benefit from the airport expansion. We will also to continue working to make sure the airport minimises any amenity impacts, and addresses the issues that concern our community,” Cr Giudice said.