Melbourne Airport


Airport Master Plan & Environment Strategy drafts released

Apr 28, 2008

The Melbourne Airport Master Plan 2008 and the Melbourne Airport Environment Strategy 2008 shape the future for Melbourne Airport. Each document is updated every five years and is a requirement of the Commonwealth Airports Act 1996.

The Melbourne Airport Master Plan 2008 outlines the vision for the airport’s medium and long-term future. It includes plans for terminal development, transport access and other key developments. The Melbourne Airport Environment Strategy 2008 outlines the airport’s environmental commitments, including targets for the next five years and beyond.

“These two documents are critical to the future planning of Melbourne’s aviation infrastructure,” said the airport’s General Manager, Strategy, Planning & Environment, Simon Gandy. “Their purpose is to provide certainty for Melbourne Airport’s neighbours, the tourism industry, business community and all levels of Government that all airport growth will continue to be well-managed, appropriately-timed – and will be undertaken with a clear ‘no surprises’ approach.”

The Master Plan protects Victoria’s key strategic advantage of being curfew-free – which equates to over $300 million and more than 4,600 jobs to the state – whilst ensuring local amenity in and around the airport is maintained.

“Of Australia’s major airports, Melbourne Airport has significantly fewer planning and land use issues. This stems from the focus on the strong relationships we have with our key stakeholders – including Government, our neighbours, and business,” said Mr Gandy. “However these relationships do not happen by accident; they are a result of an open and accountable approach to community consultation. The Master Plan and Environment Strategy are key elements of this consultation.”

Preliminary Drafts
The Preliminary Drafts of the Melbourne Airport Master Plan 2008 and Melbourne Airport Environment Strategy 2008 are now available for all Victorians to view online for comment.

Each document is also available for inspection at the Melbourne Airport Management offices (Level 2, T2, Melbourne Airport) between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

In addition Melbourne Airport will be undertaking community consultation sessions, where the public has the opportunity to discuss planning issues:

Hume Global Learning Centre, 1093 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows
- Saturday 24 May, 9.00am to 12.00 noon.
- Thursday 5 June, 4.30pm to 7.00pm

Sunshine Library, 301 Hampshire Road, Sunshine
- Thursday 22 May, 4.30pm to 7.00pm
- Saturday 7 June, 9.00am to 12.00 noon.

Members of the public can provide comments/feedback about the Preliminary Drafts until 5.00pm, Friday, July 11. After this date, comments will be considered, and these documents will be updated and then submitted to the Federal Government. To download the Preliminary Drafts of each document and to lodge formal comments, visit

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