Sep 30, 2010

Major reforms to airport planning and development

Major reforms to airport planning and development

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

September 30 2010

The Gillard Government has today introduced legislation into the Parliament to give local communities a greater voice and better information about planning and development at the nation’s major airports.

These legislative reforms continue the implementation of the Government’s Aviation White Paper, Flight Path to the Future, which was released only nine months ago.

The reforms in the Airports Amendment Bill 2010 recognise that airports exist primarily for aviation purposes and that they serve the nation’s economy and our communities in that role.

The key changes introduced:

  • Strengthen the requirements for airport Master Plans and Major Development Plans to undertake community consultation;
  • Better align airport development and planning with State, Territory and local planning;
  • Require Master Plans to outline ground transport linkages and detailed information on proposed non-aeronautical developments and the likely effect of developments on jobs at airports;
  • Increase the triggers requiring airports to lodge Major Development Plans to include any developments that are likely to have a significant impact on the local or regional community;
  • Require public consultation on significant changes to airport runways, including those that are likely to alter flight paths or aircraft noise arrangements through a Major Development Plan process;
  • Prohibit types of developments which are incompatible with the operation of an airport site, such as residential, aged or community care facilities, hospitals and schools unless there are exceptional circumstances; and
  • Integrate airports’ environmental plan into their Master Plan to give comprehensive information to the public through a unified consultation period.

The Government is serious about improving community consultation over airport developments and better integrating airport planning into local and State plans.

These reforms also complement the Government’s major cities agenda by providing national leadership in planning and development at our major airports.

The Gillard Government’s National Aviation Policy White Paper included over 130 policies and measures as part of a road map to help secure the industry’s future, uphold the highest safety and security standards and address community needs.

We have already substantially implemented about half of the measures, and the successful passage of the Airports Amendment Bill 2010 will further the reform process. 

Airports Amendment Bill 2010 – Second Reading Speech