Third Runway - Have your say

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Melbourne Airport wants your feedback

This page provides you with an easy, safe and convenient way for you to contribute your ideas and opinions about Melbourne Airport's third runway.

You can add your voice through surveys, submissions, and by contributing to online discussions.

Melbourne Airport values your involvement, invites you to have your say and encourages you to tell your colleagues, friends and neighbours so they can have their say too.

Online discussions, surveys and submissions provide Melbourne Airport with valuable feedback and provide you and your community opportunities to discuss issues, share ideas and give your feedback to us.

Have Your Say!

You can ask us questions, by using the Q&A tab below or leave a comment by using the Feedback tab. People can also use the map, to help pinpoint their area of concern.

If you would like to be kept up to date with this project, please register your details to receive updates direct to your inbox.

Melbourne Airport wants your feedback

This page provides you with an easy, safe and convenient way for you to contribute your ideas and opinions about Melbourne Airport's third runway.

You can add your voice through surveys, submissions, and by contributing to online discussions.

Melbourne Airport values your involvement, invites you to have your say and encourages you to tell your colleagues, friends and neighbours so they can have their say too.

Online discussions, surveys and submissions provide Melbourne Airport with valuable feedback and provide you and your community opportunities to discuss issues, share ideas and give your feedback to us.

Have Your Say!

You can ask us questions, by using the Q&A tab below or leave a comment by using the Feedback tab. People can also use the map, to help pinpoint their area of concern.

If you would like to be kept up to date with this project, please register your details to receive updates direct to your inbox.

Do you have a question about the third runway? Ask us here. We will be able to get back to you within five business days.

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    Asbestos was an approved building material around 40 or so years ago. However new evidence has come about regarding this product and people’s health. I will quote you below “Melbourne Airport was developed and opened in 1970 on the clear basis that it would be an ultimate 4 runway system that operates 24/7.” Does Melbourne airport accept that things have changed since the 1970s, and that we should look at new research.? If so it is evident that Melbourne Airport are putting profit over people’s health.

    Phillip asked 4 months ago

    Melbourne Airport was developed and opened in 1970 on the clear basis that it would be an ultimate four runway system that operates 24/7. 

    Since then, the planning for Melbourne Airport been based on this strategic long-term decision. As the airport lease holder with the Commonwealth, APAM has a responsibility to meet the continued national aviation network demands, which includes the provision of new infrastructure to cater for growth. 

    As part of our planning process under the Airports Act (C’th), Melbourne Airport is required to undertake a Major Development Plan (MDP) process which includes health, social and economic assessments very much consistent with what would happen in the State system with an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIS). The Preliminary Draft MDP, which details the findings, will be available for public review and comment, late in 2021. 

    You can read more about the Health & Social topic here and view the video of our community event held on 25 November 2020, including all the questions asked by community members (and our responses) during this event.

     

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    Good afternoon, I missed a session tonight, thought I had registered, but it might not have come through, can’t see any link to access. Hopefully other people form our community will raise the question of why can’t Avalon be used as an extra runway? I understand that Melbourne airport is closer and it’s more convenient and it’s better for the economy and I’m sure there is a long list of pros. But what about the people and their well-being, why are we neglected? Before the lockdown, whenever there is a plane from the runway towards our neighbourhood my newborn would wake up, every single time. In that sense, COVID lockdown was a blessing to have peace and quiet and being able to walk to brimbank park and hear the birds, not planes. As it’s all coming back, myself and my children toddler are anxious about the noise and our future with two runways facing this way. Why, or why wouldn’t you just put yourselves in our shoes and see for yourselves that this is not a good decision from humane point of view? Kindly note my vote as against this runway, and I am sincerely hoping that after COVID lockdown people might have just regained the sense of what truly matters - clean air, green spaces and well-being of our loved ones. Heathrow airport had made the right choice, can Melbourne airport please put long term communities affect over short term convenience and greed? Thank you for your consideration, Kind regards Mariia Ilinov

    Mariia asked 5 months ago

    Hi Maria,

    I'm sorry you missed the session, but we have answered your question in our Q&A document along with all the other questions that were asked during the event. You can access the document here.

    I am also happy to provide your answer below

    Melbourne Airport was developed and opened in 1970 on the clear basis that it would be an ultimate 4 runway system that operates 24/7. Since then, the planning for Melbourne has been based on this strategic long-term decision.

    As the airport lease holder with the Commonwealth, APAM has a responsibility to meet the continued national aviation network demands, which includes the provision of new infrastructure to cater for growth.

    Responsibility for new airports rests with the Commonwealth and State Governments.

     

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    I live in Westmeadows and am subjected to airplane noise day and night. Will the third runway make the situation even worse?

    DH asked 5 months ago

    Melbourne Airport is currently preparing the planning documents required for the third runway project. The document, known as the Preliminary Draft Major Development Plan will outline all the impacts and benefits associated with the project. It will consider the impacts of the development of a new runway on the surrounding communities. Once the MDP is completed, it will be available to view and for public comment sometime in the second half of 2021. However, if you experience noise from airport operations now, that is likely to continue. Unfortunately at this time we are unable to say whether the third runway will have an impact on your area. Assessments on airspace design are still being undertaken. These will be outlined in the MDP. We do have a noise tool you can view, which gives some general information on how communities may be impacted by aircraft noise. You can access the tool here As part of our plans moving forward we are looking at updating the noise tool to provide more information for the community. We are also in the midst of planning our engagement program for next year and will have further opportunities for community members to engage with Melbourne Airport.

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    When is it starting. Who got the contract to do the electrical

    DP asked 6 months ago

    Hi DP,

    We are currently preparing the Major Development Plan (which is the planning document) required for the third runway project. Once that plan has been prepared it will then go on public exhibition - where community and stakeholders can view the plan and make a submission. Once that public exhibition period is closed, the plan will then be forwarded to the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development for consideration. 

    Construction on a new runway cannot occur without an approval from the Federal Minister.

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    Air Services Australia are the group where complaints are lodged with regards to aircraft noise, however after six complaints in 25yrs of living here they state that they can no longer help if my complaint relates to air traffic noise or noise abatement measures. If this is the case where else can complaints be recorded to ensure air services and Melbourne airport can utilise complaints data in order to plan for the future including the third runway development?

    DB asked 11 months ago

    Hi DB,

    Airservices Australia is the organisation that handles aircraft noise complaints and compiles that data. However, if you are unsatisfied by the responses received you can contact the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman on 1800 266 040  or via email: ano@ano.gov.au. The website is: http://www.ano.gov.au/ 

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    I wish to know who is the independent chair of the CACG ? Please forward the contact details of the chair. What are the latest international & Domestic aircraft movement forecast for Melbourne Airport for 2020-2021 2021-2022 2021-2023 Is the third runway MDP proceeding on the basis of the forecast data published in the 2018 Melbourne Airport approved Master Plan?

    harcourtpost asked 11 months ago

    Hi harcourtpost,

    The independent Chair of CACG is Ms Kim Jordan, she can be contacted via email: community@melair.com.au

    In regards to your question about the forecast data, COVID-19 has delivered a shock to the aviation industry but the published forecasts remain the same as those in the approved 2018 Master Plan. 

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    These questions were posted around 28 feb,2020, but in case there has been a technology failure I have posted the questions again. there are very important in view of the current covid-19 issue The Australian Government has announced the activation of an emergency plan for a Covid-19 pandemic. Research suggests other corona viruses survive from 2 hours to nine days on laminate surfaces, making these surfaces potential sources of infection. Melbourne Airport is a major international and domestic airport operating in Australia, with an estimated passenger through put of over 100,000 per day. The Melbourne Airport precinct supports approximately 20,600 Full time jobs, with around two-thirds of employees living in the seven surrounding municipalities. Given that many people who work at the airport live in nearby suburbs, is it reasonable to conclude that communities closest to airports are at great risk of being impacted by the spread of Covid-19? We ask to be informed of the measures Melbourne Airport is taking to protect staff, and the local communities in which they live, from infection through contact with arriving and departing passengers, their baggage, and any other surfaces they may have come into contact with, to reassure communities. Is Melbourne Airport working with local Councils and other authorities to prepare a strategy for informing the public about and protecting them from the possibility of a disease outbreak originating from such contact? Did the health studies commissioned by Melbourne Airport in preparation for the east west runway Major Development Plan include studies on the airport as a source of community infection? Melbourne Airport has released the Property Value Study conducted for the East/West third runway will it now release the results of the health study concluded for the East/West third runway? Frank Rivoli These questions are endorsed by Hume Residents Airport Action Group and Melbourne Airport Community Action Group.

    harcourtpost asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Frank,

    Thanks for getting in touch regarding COVID-19.  

    While the challenge of dealing with the coronavirus changes every day, it’s important that the world’s airports continue to operate in service of international and domestic aviation. We are taking advice from health authorities daily.

    From 9pm on Friday 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.

    All travellers to Australia are required to self-isolate for 14 days, either at home or in a hotel.

    If people arrive in Australia as a non-exempt traveller, their visa may be cancelled and they will either be returned to their home country when flights are available or placed in an alternative place of detention for a quarantine period.

    These arrangements are under constant review as the COVID-19 situation evolves, and will be revised based on updated health advice.

    For more information visit, www.homeaffairs.gov.au

    Biosecurity officers from the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture are meeting every international inbound aircraft and are distributing fact sheets about self-isolation to travellers. Passengers are then required to sign a form agreeing to self-isolate. The forms are then handed to Australian Border Force inside International Arrivals.

    We’ve changed the way we clean to increase how often our cleaners disinfect contact surfaces such as elevator buttons, escalator rails and counter tops. We’ve increased cleaning frequency, with more focus on making sure bathrooms are cleaned every two hours. We’ve also installed hand sanitiser inside all of our amenities, and throughout the precinct we’re promoting hygiene practices in line with government advice.

    Our people are free to take whatever measures they need to give them the confidence to do their jobs, but we are focused on aligning with the advice from health officials.

    Lastly, our health study, which forms part of our third runway Preliminary Draft Major development Plan will be released with the Preliminary Draft Major Development Plan in early 2021. 


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    While I understand the airport operations will be maximised to reduce emissions, but can you please detail the extent to which you will calculating the increased emissions that will be generated from the substantial increase in flights? Will this data be made public and when ? How long will the community and other interested bodies have to review the emissions report ? Thanks you

    Steve asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Steve,

    Melbourne Airport’s Third Runway Major Development Plan (MDP) will have a dedicated chapter addressing Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The information you are interested in will be provided in that chapter and publicly available. As part of the formal public exhibition period, community and other interested stakeholders will have 60 business days to review the MDP and make a submission. We expect the public exhibition period for the MDP to occur in early 2021.


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    Hi, As Melbourne airport have still failed to reply to an email I sent on December 10, can you please provide information regarding the below questions and number your responses in correspondence to my questions for ease of reference? 1) Why the minutes from the past November 2019 Melbourne Airport Noise Abatement Committee meeting are not accessible on the website? 2) Information surrounding the next meeting dates for The Community Aviation Consultation Group (CACG) for February, May, August & November? 3) How can members of the community attend the The Community Aviation Consultation Group? 4) Why there isn't an Avondale Heights community member in the CACG when Avondale Heights is directly in line with the flight path? 5) Why is the city receiving preferential treatment? I quote August 2019 discussions: “Regardless of whether it’s a north-south parallel or east-west parallel we should be able to avoid flying over the city between the hours of 11pm and 6am. …. However, we are mindful that one community to the north does not benefit from SODPROPS and that is Bulla”. 6) Why the November meeting notes did not disclose meeting notes surrounding “Paige shared with members the themes coming out of the engagement process and how they will be used during the planning of the third runway”? 7) Why Melbourne Airport put to the Melbourne Airport Noise Abatement Committee members the proposal to formally close the NAC as a separate forum and roll the information provided into the Community Aviation Consultation Group (CACG)?

    Claire 3034 asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Claire,

    Thank you for your questions.

    1.  There was no Noise Abatement Committee (NAC) meeting held in November. The last meeting was in August.

    2.  The next meeting of CACG will be held on February 25, 2020

    3.  CACG meetings are closed to the public

    4.  There are 5 community representatives on CACG. They do not represent a particular community – they represent all communities. The closest CACG member to Avondale Heights lives in Keilor. If you would like to get in touch with that CACG member or any other community representative, please let me know. They would be more than happy to hear your concerns and raise those and any questions at the next CACG meeting.

    5.  No area in particular is given preferential treatment. The team is working on ways to reduce aircraft flying over the communities, particularly at night, that sit to the south of the airport. This is something we have openly discussed in all of our engagement activities.

    6.  You can read the engagement report from the workshops held in July/August 2019 here. You can find the community workshop full report in the key documents on the right of the page.This report outlines the themes referred to in your question and our CACG minutes.

    7.  Melbourne Airport did not recommend the close of the NAC – it was a recommendation made in a review of the CACG undertaken by the current chair and agreed to by members of NAC and CACG.


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    I refer to the Q&A below. Thank you for the detailed reply and links, much appreciated. Given ICAO is an aviation industry body, and with all due respect; is there to foster the growth of the aviation industry, I am glad to see that more current and independent guidelines via World Health Organisation will be considered in the impact assessment. I look forward to reviewing it. In the meantime, can you kindly refer me to the Victorian legislation or guidelines referenced in your response below. Thank you, Steve Australia's Child Immunisation Strategy is consistent with the World Health Organization’s Global Vaccine Action Plan. Therefore will the MA Master Plan implement Environmental Noise Guidelines consistent with the World Health Organisation Environmental Noise Guidelines 2018 ? Please confirm whether international best practice guidelines will be used to ensure the health and safety of our kids at school and home? I trust our kids health and well being will not compromised for profit, and MA will do all that is required to meet internationally recommended noise standards for our kids ? Thank you Hi Steve, The Major Development Plan for the third runway will include detailed aircraft noise modelling and health and social impact assessments. The assessments will consider a range of relevant Victorian, Australian and international legislation and guidelines, including the Environmental Noise Guidelines 2018 for the European Region published by the World Health Organization (WHO). The specific metrics that are applied in Australia for the environmental assessment of new flight paths and flight path changes are detailed in the Airservices fact sheet Environmental Assessment Process With regards to international best practice guidelines, the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) ‘balanced approach to aircraft noise management’ has been adopted by Airservices and Melbourne Airport. The range of measures that are considered through this framework will be detailed in the Major Development Plan for the third runway.

    Steve asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Steve,

    Below is the legislation and guidelines that will be considered for the third runway project.