Feb 16, 2011

Bankstown Airport Master Plan not approved

Bankstown Airport Master Plan not approved

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 16 2011

Today I am announcing my decision to not approve Bankstown Airport’s 2010 draft Master Plan.

I am not satisfied that the draft plan gave the community sufficient information about the airport’s plans to allow for proper consultation.

In its proposed Master Plan, Bankstown Airport sought approval for up to 32 passenger flights a day.

This would be a significant change given the airport does not have any passenger flights at present.

Bankstown Airport is now required to develop and submit a new draft master plan following proper public consultation.

The current master plan remains in force until a new one is approved.

Over the longer term, the Gillard Labor Government is taking a comprehensive approach to Sydney’s aviation needs.

That is why we have established a joint taskforce with New South Wales to report on the capacity needs for the Sydney Basin, including sites for a second airport.

We have already made it clear that Bankstown will not be Sydney’s second airport.

The Government supports the operation of secondary capital city airports vital to general aviation, such as Bankstown.