Brimbank Council opposes Melbourne Airport plans for Third Runway

Brimbank Council has lodged a submission formally opposing the Melbourne Airport Masterplan and Draft Major Development Plan for the third runway.

This is because of the unreasonable and unacceptable health risks for the Brimbank community.

Council’s submission incorporates community views and seeks the best possible outcomes for its community.

The independent health risk assessment work that Council had commissioned, involved targeted community engagement to understand the current impacts of aircraft noise on the Brimbank community.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Jasmine Nguyen said Council is formally opposing the Draft Airport Masterplan and the Draft Major Development Plan for the Third Runway because there are major issues with both plans.

“The health impacts identified in the independent Health Risk Assessment Council commissioned, make it clear that there’s an unreasonable, unacceptable and inherently unfair risk to the Brimbank community from current plans for a Third Runway.

“Our top priority is to safeguard the health and amenity of our community. We refuse to support any plans that would harm our community and City.

“We’re calling for action by Federal and State governments.

“They need to minimise the health risk posed by aircraft noise and improve planning for any expanded operations of Melbourne Airport.”

Brimbank’s submission focuses on the key themes of:

  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Health Impacts (Noise and Public Safety);
  • Air Quality;
  • Environment Protection Act Legislation;
  • Compensation;
  • Human Rights;
  • Public Safety Area;
  • Access;
  • Environment;
  • Economic Development; and
  • Statutory Planning.

According to Council, the most significant shortcomings of the Master Plan and MDP are:

  • the failure to recognise the health impacts to existing residents in Brimbank and neighbouring municipalities,  from the current airport operations.
  • the significant underestimation of the health impacts from increased aircraft noise, on the Brimbank and surrounding community’s wellbeing.
  • the failure to consider any meaningful ways to reduce and mitigate the off-site impacts of the present and future operations of Melbourne Airport.

Council is calling for a range of actions by Federal and State governments to minimise the harm to human health from airport operations.

Council wants the community and key stakeholders to be aware of health impacts of the airport proposals and what Council’s submission covered.

Key concerns about Melbourne Airport Plans for Third Runway. This includes unacceptable health impacts (noise and safety), to community, would not meet WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines, Stakeholder engagement was inadequate, Inadequate process whcih doesnt protect community,Public Safety Area will impact property values, Air quality will deteriorate further, Environmental impact concerns, Transport and access to airport not planned, No airport compensation for community affected by existing and future anticipated aircraft noise, Human rights concerns for a safe healthy environment, Environment Protection Act legislation not considered

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