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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    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 5 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 5 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 6 months 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 9 months 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 8 months 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 9 months ago

    Hi Steve,

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


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    I refer to Claire's Q&A and MAs response which states "Thanks for your feedback. As you'll note in the letter sent to residents we communicated that we are not in a position as of yet to answer all the questions communities have - simply because the work has only just commenced on the north-south runway. However, we are committed to providing information as it becomes available." Your response actually validates the communities genuine fear, anxiety and concerns about the authenticity of the MDP process. May I remind you that MA announced East-West as the preferred runway in 2013. Six years on a decision has been made to revert to North-South. We are all struggling to understand how MA plans to have a full MDP plan ready for submission in 2021, when many of the studies referenced in Claire's original Q&A have only just commenced (per the response above)? You must appreciate that your proposed timeline appears rushed (which now raises serious concerns over the quality/authenticity of the studies) and suggests that the community will not been given timely access to all the information so they can make an informed assessment on the impacts - let alone reasonable time frames for further investigation or escalation of concerns. Please explain how 6 years of work (east-west) will be contracted to a mere 12-18 months (north-south) to drive an outcome that will effect 100s x1000s of households for decades to come ? Some expert feedback. Six years of planning would have given MA sufficient insight to pre-empt Claire's questions and pro-actively manage community anxiety around the impacts. Instead MA has taken a reactive approach, but sadly, a simple "don't know the answer its coming" is not even an adequate reactive reply. Seriously a big "F" = FAIL for your engagement and communications teams. Anyway, am anxious to hear how the previous 6 years of work will be contracted to 18 months, without compromising quality for the submission and community engagement due-diligence ? Thanks for reading

    Emi asked 9 months ago

    Hi Emi,

    A future four-runway system, comprising parallel north-south runways and parallel east-west runways, has been planned for Melbourne Airport since the airport’s inception.

    The work undertaken since 2013 on the future east-west runway has also had to plan for the construction and operation of the future north-south runway to ensure that the right infrastructure for the four runway system was being put in place and that the parallel east-west runway system could continue to operate effectively and efficiently once the future north-south runway was built. 

    As a result, much of the preliminary site investigation (such as earthworks, surface water and environmental mapping) and initial assessment for the parallel north-south runway has already been completed over these past 6 years. The detailed assessments that are currently being undertaken to inform the Major Development Plan are based on this previous work.

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    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

    Steve asked 9 months ago

    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.


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    I continue to be increasingly concerned about the safety of children in school zones. I reflect on a boy being hit by a car on Green Gully Road, while riding his bike to school. As my husband who works in Construction and OHS, he raised a very strong expert opinion about the proposed 3rd runway interfering with a child's ability to hear a horn, screeching breaks or tyres to avoid a accident. Green Gully Road is a very dangerous road, one which i tell my kids to approach with extreme caution. Having planes fly directly over this road and surrounding school zones (at 80+ dB), is a very real threat and risk to anyone's ability to use all senses (including hearing) to avoid danger. This applies to ALL surrounding roads and school zones, I highlight Green Gully as it is the 'scariest', but all roads /footpaths need to be addressed. The use of hearing as a risk mitigation measure has become a very important tool to reducing accidents in the workplace, as shown by the widespread introduction of back-up beepers in all vehicles both commercially and personally. Can you kindly avoid giving me a blanket assurance (or reference some act from 1990 that does not factor current safety standards) as this does not give me any confidence. I would like to know which independent body will be assessing the noise interference to ensure new Road Safety Hazards, that will impact all pedestrians and cyclists are completely transparent ? I think the goal here is to keep our kids safely walking/cycling to school. Thanks

    Sandra asked 9 months ago

    Hi Sandra,

    We are sorry to hear about the young boy being hit by a car on Green Gully Rd. We hope he is ok. Our thoughts are with him and his family. 

    Regarding your question about who will be assessing noise interference and road hazards, the Major Development Plan (MDP) for the third runway will include detailed aircraft noise modelling and a health and social impact assessment. 

    The MDP will be assessed by the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development under the Airports Act 1996 and by the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1996.

    In addition, the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development will require advice from Airservices Australia and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority prior to making their decision to approve or not approve the MDP.

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    The new runway will allow for greater numbers of flights and will also impact residents even further. We are living with the current level of noise & aircraft movements from both Essendon and Tullamarine airports but with any new runway at Tullamarine we would like to see a curfew in place so that there is some daily respite. Will this be the case?

    Jo asked 10 months ago

    Hi Jo,

    Since its establishment Melbourne Airport has been planned to operate around the clock to enable tourism, freight and trade. It is the fastest growing airport in Australia and Victoria’s primary gateway for air passengers and air-freight exporters.

    Melbourne Airport’s curfew-free status is a competitive advantage that Victoria is keen to protect.

    Community and other stakeholders will have an opportunity to make submissions to the third runway Major Development Plan, when it is released for public exhibition in early 2021. The submissions received along with the plan will then be submitted to the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development for consideraiton.