Westralia Airports Corporation, the operator of
Perth Airport, has welcomed the approval of its 2009 Master
Plan by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional
Development and Local Government, Anthony Albanese.
The approval of the new Master Plan is another important milestone
for the company’s plans to redevelop Perth Airport.
Airport CEO, Brad Geatches, said the Master Plan consultation and
approval process had been rigorous resulting in the plans being
subject to a high level of scrutiny to ensure the publics’
interests are met.
“The Master Plan describes Perth
Airport’s land use and development plans for the next twenty years
and beyond. Our recently completed major financing process which
includes $950 million of lender and shareholder commitments
will underpin our plans to build an outstanding airport for
Perth,” Mr Geatches said.
The Master Plan properly recognises that airport plans
cannot be developed in isolation. The airport plans must
integrate with Perth’s broader urban and infrastructure plans and,
importantly take into account the impact of the airport on
surrounding communities and the environment.
The Master Plan
also recognises that congestion during the traditional morning and
evening metropolitan peaks is making it increasingly difficult
to get to and from the airport, even though those peaks do not
coincide with the airport’s peak operating hours.
Mr Geatches said, “We have appreciated the support of both the
Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments in developing
long-term plans for the arterial road network in the vicinity of
“The Commonwealth’s funding of the development
of a Perth Airport Transport Master Plan and the Perth Urban
Transport and Freight Corridor Upgrade are excellent initiatives
and a model for future transport infrastructure planning.
“We are also very pleased to see the Master Plan announcement
highlighted the Commonwealth and State Governments will be
working together in identifying and improving the critical
transport needs to the airport.”
The Master Plan also
includes important information and processes to manage the impact
of aircraft noise on communities surrounding Perth Airport.
The recent change in flight paths implemented by Airservices
Australia to improve air safety resulted in changes in aircraft
noise exposures and legitimate community concern.
“While over time improving aircraft and air navigation
technology will continue to reduce noise exposure it remains
essential that Perth Airport, Airservices and other industry
stakeholders work closely with communities to manage noise
impacts,” Mr Geatches said.
“We are mindful of the importance in
communicating airport developments with the community and
matters such as flight paths. Next year we will be undertaking
essential runway works to ensure the high level of safety for
our airfield infrastructure is maintained and Perth Airport is
committed to communicating these works to the local community.
“We are pleased that our Master Plan has been approved and we are
looking forward to implementing our plans to deliver facilities
and services that all Western Australians will be proud of,” Mr
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