20 year vision for Melbourne Airport approved by Federal Minister
Dec 09, 2008
The Melbourne Airport draft Master Plan 2008-2028 (dMP) has been approved by the Federal Minister for Transport the Hon Anthony Albanese. It is the first gateway airport master plan to be approved by the Minister. The dMP outlines Melbourne Airport’s vision for land use of its 2400 hectare site.
It is a requirement of the Airports Act that airports submit a dMP every five years to the Federal Minister for Transport. The final Master Plan is required to be published within 50 days of the dMP approval.
The Melbourne Airport dMP builds on the airport’s strategic strengths of no night curfew, a single terminal precinct for international and domestic passengers, excellent access from major regional highways and the continuously improved 20 km Tullamarine Freeway which links the airport to the city.
‘We are delighted that the dMP was approved without requiring amendments and I’d like to think it’s because we put a great deal of work into local consultation and considering the wider impacts on the local and state community as well as the economy. I am really proud that the Minister recognised the quality of our stakeholder relationships and our close working relationship with the Victorian Government and our local councils, particularly the City of Hume’ said Chris Woodruff, CEO of Melbourne Airport.
‘Our airline customers took the time and effort to clearly articulate their infrastructure needs and advise us of their passenger forecasts. I think the dMP’s preparation was meticulous and I thank our contributing stakeholders for their advice and suggestions and to my team who prepared the dMP’ he said.
‘We went out to our stakeholders – Local Council and State government departments, and to councils with whom we don’t share a boundary but are affected by flight paths and road access. We went to the community in local forums organised at libraries and community centres, and offered consultation in 5 languages to ensure people had the chance to understand the detail” said Chris Woodruff.
We are committed to growing the airport and delivering value to our shareholders as well as our stakeholders, and to grow responsibly and earn our stakeholder’s support. The dMP reflects how we operate as a company and I am pleased our approach is recognised’ he said.
Since the last master plan was approved in 2003 Melbourne airport has made extensive investment in airfield and terminals expansion, road access, car parking, forecourt management and competitive food, beverage and retail offers. The international airport was extended for the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the runway widened and tarmacs upgraded for the A380 in an award-winning project that was completed in less than 30 days. In January this year a $330M, three stage project to double the size of the international terminal commenced. It will give Victoria its international passenger capability to 2020.
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