Biodiversity, conservation & land management
Melbourne Airport staff tree planting at Sydenham Park.
Melbourne Airport endeavours to ensure responsible Land Management practises are in place to protect significant ecological, cultural and heritage areas. Melbourne Airport acknowledges its importance in the local area as a major stakeholder in weed and pest control programs. These programs involve partnerships between Melbourne Airport, its business partners, local city councils, local residents, Melbourne Water and EPA Victoria.
A five-year land management program is being implemented which aims to control the spread of, and where possible, eradicate, noxious weeds and pests on airport land in the most viable, environmentally-safe way.
Melbourne Airport has also implemented a management plan for the Grey Box Forest area at the north-western boundary of the site. Revegetation areas are monitored and managed to eliminate weeds and pests, contributing to the community wide management plan.
New developments at Melbourne Airport are assessed for potential impacts so appropriate controls can be incorporated into projects at the design phase. Land on which developments are proposed is assessed by an expert for the presence of habitat which might support significant flora and fauna.
Melbourne Airport Planting Guidelines PDF
Melbourne Airport financially supports tree planting, weed and pest control programs both onsite and in partnership with local landowners. Areas of interest include river valleys, escarpments and basalt plains.
Construction works need to be carefully managed to mitigate potential environmental impacts. All proposals for development on Airport land are assessed by Melbourne Airport’s environmental staff. If the potential impacts are considered significant the developer must produce a construction Environmental Management Plan prior to the commencement of work. Melbourne Airport’s environment team will then undertake regular site audits during construction.