Melbourne Airport's Third Runway

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UPDATED: May 14, 2020

While COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the global aviation sector and tourism more broadly, we know demand for travel will return and the industry will emerge from the current crisis.

Melbourne Airport remains committed to preparations for the third runway which will support the movement of people and goods for many years to come, stimulating jobs and the Victorian economy.

However, our public exhibition period and community engagement activities for the Draft Major Development Plan will be postponed as we adhere to current strict social distancing measures.

We do look forward to formally engaging with the community at a later date when it is safe to do so and we will announce the new public exhibition period on our website.

Members of our community are still encouraged to contact our community engagement team via phone or email with any comments or questions, and we look forward to meeting in person once social distancing restrictions are lifted.

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We’re still here to work with you, so if you have any questions or want to find out more information you can:

  • Contact us via the Get in Touch box (right)
  • Learn more about why Melbourne Airport needs a third runway, the MDP process and the studies that form part of the MDP, by viewing the fact sheet here.
  • View the full report and summary report on our engagement findings from the series of workshops held in the community in July-August, 2019.
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UPDATED: May 14, 2020

While COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the global aviation sector and tourism more broadly, we know demand for travel will return and the industry will emerge from the current crisis.

Melbourne Airport remains committed to preparations for the third runway which will support the movement of people and goods for many years to come, stimulating jobs and the Victorian economy.

However, our public exhibition period and community engagement activities for the Draft Major Development Plan will be postponed as we adhere to current strict social distancing measures.

We do look forward to formally engaging with the community at a later date when it is safe to do so and we will announce the new public exhibition period on our website.

Members of our community are still encouraged to contact our community engagement team via phone or email with any comments or questions, and we look forward to meeting in person once social distancing restrictions are lifted.

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

We’re still here to work with you, so if you have any questions or want to find out more information you can:

  • Contact us via the Get in Touch box (right)
  • Learn more about why Melbourne Airport needs a third runway, the MDP process and the studies that form part of the MDP, by viewing the fact sheet here.
  • View the full report and summary report on our engagement findings from the series of workshops held in the community in July-August, 2019.
  • Ask us a question, by using the Q&A tab (below)
  • Leave a comment by using the Have your say tab (below)
  • Use the map, to help pinpoint your area of concern - this can be done by using the Local communities tab (below)

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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 about 2 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 about 2 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 4 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 6 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 8 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.

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    Thank you for the reply. I would like to know are why there will be only sixty days of public consultation on the MDP once the draft plan is released? Do Melbourne Airport plan to distribute a summary of research findings and predicted impacts via a mail out? At the moment it feels as though information is being withheld, with only very selective facts being supplied directly to the community. Is there any research information to date that can be accessed?

    Claire 3034 asked 7 months ago

    Hi Claire,

    The MDP will be on public exhibition for a minimum of 60 business days. This is the time communities and stakeholders will be invited to formally lodge a submission to the proposed plan. 

    However, as communicated previously we are committed to releasing information as soon as it comes to hand. Engagement events will be held throughout all of 2020 to support the release of that information and allow communities opportunities to talk to and meet with airport staff. We are in the process of planning those events. This website will also be updated to ensure everyone has access to information. People can take advantage of the online tools on this site, such as asking a question, making a comment or leaving a pin on our interactive map. All of this information is fed into the project team.

    There is very limited information we can share at this time and the information we do know we have publicly released and spoken about. The team has only just begun work on the north-south MDP. Studies are underway but are only in their infancy. 

    You can use the noise tool on this website, which outlines the n-contours for the ultimate runway configuration (https://www.melbourneairport.com.au/Corporate/Community/Noise-at-Melbourne-Airport/Noise-tool).

    Melbourne Airport’s approach to noise management is based on the four principles of the Balanced Approach to Aircraft Noise Management developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

    • Reduction of Noise at the Source

    • Land Use Planning and Management

    • Noise Abatement Operational Procedures

    • Operating Restrictions.

    You can read more about this approach here: https://www.icao.int/environmental-protection/Pages/noise.aspx

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    I would like to ask why the letter I received failed to detail any of the resulting community impacts of the proposed Third Runway. Where is the information about the social and environmental impacts including: - Increased frequency of aircrafts - Increased resulting noise - Increased air pollution How are the community having their health protected? Lastly why as an organisation are you failing to inform the community of the personal and environmental impact and solely detailing economic benefit in these initial stages of communication? Also are people's questions and comments being deleted from this forum and on what basis is that occurring?

    Claire 3034 asked 7 months ago

    Hi Claire,

    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.

    Melbourne Airport is required to prepare a Major Development Plan (MDP) to meet the requirements of the Commonwealth Airports Act 1996 and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The MDP will detail the assessment of environmental, heritage and social impacts associated with the construction and operation of the third runway, as well as Melbourne Airport’s management and mitigation measures for the identified impacts. 

    Studies are currently being undertaken to assess key areas of: • Indicative new flight paths and aircraft noise exposure 

    • Air quality within the airport site and surrounding areas 

    • Predicted greenhouse gas emissions 

    • Potential impacts on human health 

    • Social impacts and benefits 

    • Benefits to airlines, passengers and the wider economy 

    • Rare or threatened fauna species and ecological communities 

    • Areas of Indigenous cultural heritage significance 

    • Historic infrastructure that is related to early European settlement of the area

    • Condition of the soil and groundwater 

    • Performance of the internal and external road networks 

    • Surface water, water quality and the potential for erosion 

    • Changes to the landscape and visual character

    In regards to your comment about deleted comments from this forum - all questions are answered publicly and made available as such, unless they contain personal information provided by the registered user - then they are answered privately. Comments are also moderated and only removed if they are abusive or contain foul language. 

    You can read our moderation policy here: https://my.melbourneairport.com/moderation

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    Initial Question: I believe one of the key reasons why the North/South Runaway option was abandoned, was due to irrefutable safety risks. The proposed runaway is only one runway length from a primary school, child care centre and kindergarden, allowing for only a small margin of error to wipe out a whole community of children. Due to the safety risk does this mean that the school, child care centre and kindergarden will need to be relocated ? My understanding is that the proposed runway and "existing" primary school, "existing" kindergarten and "existing" child care centre cannot co-exist. Be great to understand how the safety concerns are going to be addressed. Airport Reply: Hi Sandra, The north-south runway will meet all the relevant safety and legislative requirements of modern aviation at both a national and International level. Public safety zones are incorporated into the planning of the runway; more information can be found in Section 17 (Safeguarding) of the 2018 Melbourne Airport Master Plan. Question to above reply: I refer to the above-mentioned response regarding safety risks. Firstly, although Section 17 is titled “Safeguarding”, it has very little information on managing public and community safety risks. In fact, the first two statements labelled (Key highlights) infer this section is all about “safeguarding the airports operations”, as opposed to safety. I refer to the first page which frames and leads with the key highlights below which are not "public safety" focused, and just exasperates the community concern(p258): 1. "Maintaining, protecting and supporting ongoing operations and growth at Melbourne Airport 2. Working closely with all governments to “restrict incompatible development from encroaching on airport operations”. Secondly, can you please reply with the national standard you are referring too in the above response, as the document you reference clearly states “there is no national standard for Public Safety Areas” (page 275). This is the only reference to Pubic Safety I could find that addresses my initial question. As I understand the Airport is committed to being transparent and forthcoming with information on this plan, therefore when you reply with the “national standard” and “legislation” regarding public safety risks, can you please refer to the specific act or prescribed pages (online hyper/deep links please), so I don’t have to wade through another 400 page document, its not exactly my full time job. Thank you, I look forward to your reply. Hi Sandra, Thanks for your follow-up question. I’ve passed it onto the team and awaiting a response. In the meantime I thought you might find NASF guideline I useful as it talks about the public safety zones, referred to in our initial response. You can find it here: https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/environmental/airport_safeguarding/nasf/files/NASF-Guideline-I-PSA.pdf 06.12.19. Thanks Melbourne Airport, I appreciate the prompt reply. Quickly I refer to the following verbatims, which continue to contradict the previous response: 26. As discussed in paragraph 11, there is no current ICAO standard for PSAs nor is a single risk methodology recognised as the world’s best practice. 27. Implementation of PSAs varies internationally and is not uniform. Some overseas jurisdictions have taken a specialised approach to the assessment and treatment of land use conflicts near airport runway ends and different models have been applied in the United Kingdom (UK), the Netherlands and the United States of America. 9. It is not intended that this Guideline will be applied retrospectively to existing development. Rather, it is intended to ensure there is no increase in risk from new development 33. This Guideline acknowledges that the risk from an aviation incident is only one element of an overall public safety risk assessment that jurisdictions may be considering as part of their planning processes. There are many more, but honestly this online forum which only facilitates closed ended question, does not provide an easy way to conversate, as you can see many times there is no straight answer on a lot of this. Finally, the last point (33) highlights the elephant in the room “aviation incident in only one element of an overall public safety risk assessment”. There is a need to address “other” safety and security concerns, I think this may be best placed taking offline because I can’t keep going back and forth like this. You are welcome to follow through with the promised reply. Thanks for this information, four months one, it just validates that I still have genuine concerns that need to be addressed, with not standards as a expert reference point. Thanks for trying.

    Sandra asked 7 months ago

    Hi Sandra,

    Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate it is difficult and time consuming for you in researching what issues matter to you and your community.

    I’ve spoken to the third runway team and they have been able to provide more detail to your initial question and follow-up.

    The team has only now commenced the work required for the third runway Major Development Plan. A lot of the information community it wanting is not yet available, as soon as it is Melbourne Airport is committed to sharing that as soon as we can and we will have engagement activities to support the release of that information. The information will also be available in the Major Development Plan when it is on public exhibition, which we expect to be in early 2021.

    As for your question:

    International standards and recommended practices for the design and operation of runways are formalised in Annex 14 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

    The national standards and advisory publications are administered in Australia by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) under the Civil Aviation Act 1988, the Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 and the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998. 

    Pursuant to the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998, the requirements for the safety of aerodromes and air navigation in Australia are detailed in the Manual of Standards. The key sections of the Manual of Standards applicable to the design and operation of the third runway are Part 139 Aerodromes, Part 172 Air Traffic Services, and Part 173 Standards Applicable to Instrument Flight Procedure Design. All of this legislation is published at https://www.legislation.gov.au/.

    With regards to runway safety areas, the National Airports Safeguarding Framework Guideline I: Managing the Risk in Public Safety Areas at the Ends of Runways is published at https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/environmental/airport_safeguarding/nasf/nasf_principles_guidelines.aspx.


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    Initial Question: I believe one of the key reasons why the North/South Runaway option was abandoned, was due to irrefutable safety risks. The proposed runaway is only one runway length from a primary school, child care centre and kindergarden, allowing for only a small margin of error to wipe out a whole community of children. Due to the safety risk does this mean that the school, child care centre and kindergarden will need to be relocated ? My understanding is that the proposed runway and "existing" primary school, "existing" kindergarten and "existing" child care centre cannot co-exist. Be great to understand how the safety concerns are going to be addressed. Airport Reply: Hi Sandra, The north-south runway will meet all the relevant safety and legislative requirements of modern aviation at both a national and International level. Public safety zones are incorporated into the planning of the runway; more information can be found in Section 17 (Safeguarding) of the 2018 Melbourne Airport Master Plan. Question to above reply: I refer to the above-mentioned response regarding safety risks. Firstly, although Section 17 is titled “Safeguarding”, it has very little information on managing public and community safety risks. In fact, the first two statements labelled (Key highlights) infer this section is all about “safeguarding the airports operations”, as opposed to safety. I refer to the first page which frames and leads with the key highlights below which are not "public safety" focused, and just exasperates the community concern(p258): 1. "Maintaining, protecting and supporting ongoing operations and growth at Melbourne Airport 2. Working closely with all governments to “restrict incompatible development from encroaching on airport operations”. Secondly, can you please reply with the national standard you are referring too in the above response, as the document you reference clearly states “there is no national standard for Public Safety Areas” (page 275). This is the only reference to Pubic Safety I could find that addresses my initial question. As I understand the Airport is committed to being transparent and forthcoming with information on this plan, therefore when you reply with the “national standard” and “legislation” regarding public safety risks, can you please refer to the specific act or prescribed pages (online hyper/deep links please), so I don’t have to wade through another 400 page document, its not exactly my full time job. Thank you, I look forward to your reply.

    Sandra asked 7 months ago

    Hi Sandra,

    Thanks for your follow-up question. I’ve passed it onto the team and awaiting a response.

    In the meantime I thought you might find NASF guideline I useful as it talks about the public safety zones, referred to in our initial response. 

    You can find it here: https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/environmental/airport_safeguarding/nasf/files/NASF-Guideline-I-PSA.pdf

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    Night time airplane curfews exist near other airports that have a residential population living nearby. Due to the disturbance on the local communities (particularly on the growing population density south of Tullamarine) has the application of a night time curfew been considered as part of the 3rd runway planning? Is the population density and noise disturbance to communities in the south close to the limit of a curfew being applied?

    Paul asked 10 months ago

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks for taking the time to reach out.

    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.


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    If this is to be approved, without a thought for residents to be affected, as always, Is Melbourne Airport or the Government planning on compensating house prices which will be diminished? Are we home owners, tax payers family's excepted to soak up the fact we paid 1.5 million dollars for peace and quiet and now only worth 700k because no one in their right mind can live with such ridiculous noise levels all day and night . This will also mean re-locating my family to different schools etc. Is there anything around this ?

    Darren asked 8 months ago

    Hi Darren,

    Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns.

    Melbourne Airport does not have plans to compensate residents affected by noise levels.

    The work to plan the new flightpaths and airspace architecture is complex and requires input from air traffic control, airlines and safety authorities.

    Melbourne Airport is currently undertaking this work together with a range of other studies to inform the Major Development Plan (MDP) for the third runway.

    Another of those studies will look into property values. A propertyy value study for the propsed east-west was done several years ago and can be found on this site under publications.

    The MDP will be released for public exhibition in early 2021 as part of the formal consultation process required under the Airports Act 1996


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    Hi, I have received a letter in the mail. Is this letter to residents that will be effected by the new flight path or is everyone receiving these. How do I find out more information. Is there a way I can enter my address to find out how this will effect our property.

    Sibel asked 8 months ago

    Hi Sibel, 

    Thank you for reaching out.

    I appreciate that receiving our information in the mail might have caused you some distress and I want to assure you that wasn’t the intention.

    Given Melbourne Airport has made the decision to change the sequence of the next runway to be built (from east-west to north-south) we thought it was imperative that we direct mail all communities within the vicinity of the airport.

    This does not necessarily mean you will be affected by airport operations in the future, it was more to inform you of our decision.

    If you would like to have a look at the noise tool, you can access it here: https://www.melbourneairport.com.au/noisetool/index.html

    The work to plan the new flightpaths and airspace architecture is complex and requires input from air traffic control, airlines and safety authorities. 

    Melbourne Airport is currently undertaking this work together with a range of other studies to inform the Major Development Plan (MDP) for the third runway. 

    The MDP will be released for public exhibition in early 2021 as part of the formal consultation process required under the Airports Act 1996




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    I believe one of the key reasons why the North/South Runaway option was abandoned, was due to irrefutable safety risks. The proposed runaway is only one runway length from a primary school, child care centre and kindergarden, allowing for only a small margin of error to wipe out a whole community of children. Due to the safety risk does this mean that the school, child care centre and kindergarden will need to be relocated ? My understanding is that the proposed runway and "existing" primary school, "existing" kindergarten and "existing" child care centre cannot co-exist. Be great to understand how the safety concerns are going to be addressed.

    Sandra asked 12 months ago

    Hi Sandra,

    The north-south runway will meet all the relevant safety and legislative requirements of modern aviation at both a national and International level. 

    Public safety zones are incorporated into the planning of the runway; more information can be found in Section 17 (Safeguarding) of the 2018 Melbourne Airport Master Plan.


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    I’ve resided in the Sunshine area for quite a long period of time and over the last 6 months or so I have noticed a considerable amount of arrivals over Sunshine, no doubt this will double if a second North/South runway is built. My main concern is a lot of people have heavily invested in investment property, owner occupied property and businesses to the South and North of Melbourne Airport in the recent years and would have factored in their due diligence before purchasing the existing runway directions and the next Melbourne Airport runway being built will be an East/West runway which would have no direct impact, this has been also communicated out to the community on your website Melbourne Airport, Master Plan’s dating back to 2013 and more recently in 2018. Not to mention on the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities as a upcoming project in Melbourne that the third runway being built will face East/West and that it’s been approved by the government. On the flip side many people may have probably sold up and left that resided in areas such as Gladstone Park, due to a proposed third runway being next built will face an East/West direction, now all of a sudden after all these years communicating out to the community that you’ve had a sudden change in plans is not fair or ethical. This will impact property values considerably at the South and North of the airport if the third runway is given the go-ahead, which the general consensus is that it already has. Yes, i do acknowledge that that North/South runway was scheduled to be built in 2038, however this provided an ample time frame for those that have purchased to the South or North to decide on whether to stay on within the area closer to 2038 or sell up and move on as we’re talking 20 years away, due to average age demographics in Sunshine and Keilor (Mid-30’s to Mid-40’s) people would have been nearing retirement age close to when the third North/South runway planned to be built and would no doubt move on. There will need to be some type of compensation scheme for those that are unfairly impacted due to the false communication and sudden overnight change of plans. I’d assume that this has been thoughtfully considered by APAM and the Victorian state government?

    Robert asked 11 months ago

    Hi Robert,

    The 1990 EIS and Master Plans since 1997 have shown the impacts of four runways including a third runway in both the East-west and north-south orientation.

    The third runway in a north-south orientation is subject to community consultation through a Major Development Plan and is expected to be available for public exhibition in early 2021.

    Following that public exhibition process, the MDP is then submitted to the Minister for Instratructure, Transport and Regional Development for considerastion.

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    Will the flight path of the CURRENT north/south runway be moved slightly East to move slightly away from the new runway flight path?

    Bw asked 8 months ago

    Hi BW,

    The work to plan the new flightpaths and airspace architecture is complex and requires input from air traffic control, airlines and safety authorities.

    Melbourne Airport is currently undertaking this work together with a range of other studies to inform the Major Development Plan (MDP) for the third runway.

    The MDP will be released for public exhibition in early 2021 as part of the formal consultation process required under the Airports Act 1996


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    The noise tool shows different levels of noise intensity but doesn’t seem to show how many decibels each level will be. That makes it impossible to compare with the everyday decibel chart you provide. It’s important to know not just where the noise will be but how loud it will be.

    David asked 8 months ago

    Hi David,

    Thanks for your feedback.

    Number above contours show the number of events and the associated level of noise predicted within the contour, i.e. N70 contours show the number of events one could expect within a 24hr period at 70db or less.

    I hope this helps explain the contours a little better.


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    If you have not completed the overall flight path study and the other studies ... then are you not jumping the gun by requesting the funding?? You say after extensive planning review .... I would think that the flight path was a pretty fundamental study that should have been completed before even this stage? From a lot of your responses sounds like you are not even close to having the appropriate studies available to make a decision yet you have? This appears to be a simple revenue spinner and not so much about all the rest of the fluff that your CEO is saying ... Provide the studies so we can all see what the REAL impact to us will be.

    Drazen asked 8 months ago

    Hi Drazen,

    Thanks for your feedback.

    The work to plan the new flightpaths and airspace architecture is complex and requires input from air traffic control, airlines and safety authorities.

    Melbourne Airport is currently undertaking this work together with a range of other studies to inform the Major Development Plan (MDP) for the third runway. 

    The MDP will be released for public exhibition in early 2021 as part of the formal consultation process required under the Airports Act 1996


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    A picture of the runway doesn't tell us where the flight paths would be. How can I see which suburbs the planes would be flying above? Please put up a picture of the fight paths.

    Meredith asked 12 months ago

    Hi Meredith,

    Melbourne Airport is currently working with Airservices Australia, airlines and other aviation stakeholders to develop a draft operating plan for the future parallel runway system.

    Once this has been determined, detailed noise modelling will be undertaken to assess the expected number of flights operating on each runway and the predicted noise exposure.

    This information will be presented in the Major Development Plan that will be available for public exhibition in early 2021.


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    What are CAGC's views on supporting a rail link from Mellbourne to Tullamarine?

    chantzis asked 8 months ago

    Hi Chantzis,

    The Melbourne Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group has been supportive of a rail link from Melbourne to Tullamarine.

    As for their views, that's a question for the individual members of CACG.

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    Is there already a contractor for this?

    pangeles asked 8 months ago

    Hi Pangeles,

    There is no contractor in place for the north-south runway.

    We are at the very early stages of preparing the Major Development Plan required for the project. Once that plan has been prepared it will then go on public exhibition. 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.

    If the plan is approved, we will then move into the construction phase of the project, which we anticipate to be in early 2022.

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    How many additional flights per day will be using this runway? What is the increase in air traffic going to be?

    Jessica Richmond asked 8 months ago

    Hi Jessica,

    Melbourne Airport is currently working with Airservices Australia, airlines and other aviation stakeholders to develop a draft operating plan for the future parallel runway system.

    Once this has been determined, detailed noise modelling will be undertaken to assess the expected number of flights operating on each runway and the predicted noise exposure.

    This information will be presented in the Major Development Plan that will be available for public exhibition in early 2021

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    Please publish on this site the Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) contour maps for the current single north-south runway as far south as the city and inner northern suburbs along the axis from the city to the airport. Also show the ANEF for the proposed second north-south runway following completion at average and peak at annual intervals following commencement of operation. Also, please provide operational policy for both north-south runways operation relating to public transport and freight movements between 9:00PM and 6:00AM. Please include any details of curfew arrangements whether planned, proposed or considered.

    Matt asked 8 months ago

    Hi Matt,

    Melbourne Airport is currently undertaking a range of studies to inform the Major Development Plan (MDP) for the third runway, including the development of a draft operating plan for the future parallel runway system and detailed aircraft noise modelling. 

    The noise modelling will include Australian Noise Exposure Concept (ANEC) contours for the existing runways and proposed third runway for a range of scenarios, including day of opening of the third runway, 5 years after opening and 20 years after opening.

    The ANEF is a long-range forecast of the future four runway system, while ANECs consider specific scenarios. 

    The MDP will be released for public exhibition in early 2021 as part of the formal consultation process required under the Airports Act 1996


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    Will the third runway require a change to the control zone size?

    Auster asked 8 months ago

    Hi Auster,

    Melbourne Airport is currently working with Airservices Australia, airlines and other aviation stakeholders to develop a draft operating plan and the preliminary airspace design for the future parallel runway system. 

    It is likely that airspace changes may be required in some areas to accommodate new flight procedures for parallel runway operations. 

    The airspace requirements and preliminary flight paths will be detailed in the Major Development Plan for the third runway which is expected to be available for public exhibition in early 2021.


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    How are the community members of CACG selected?

    8 months ago

    Community and business representative positions are publicly advertised. Appointments are based on a formal selection process conducted by APAM.

    Following a review of CACG by the current chair in early 2019, terms have now been put in place for members.

    Community and business representative appointments to CACG are for two years. This period can be extended by up to another two years if agreed by APAM and the Chair.


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    Who appoints the Chair of CACG?

    8 months ago

    Until 2019, the CACG had only had one chair since it began in 2009. The current chair was appointed by APAM at the end of 2018, following the resignation of the founding chair.


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    How is the Chair of CACG selected?

    8 months ago

    The current Chair of CACG was part of a shortlist, following recommendations and feedback received from leaders in the community engagement and large infrastructure project space. The shortlisted candidates were interviewed by a panel of APAM staff and a member of CACG.


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    Who pays the Chair of the CACG?

    8 months ago

    APAM (Melbourne Airport)

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    How does the CACG meet its obligations for community consultation?

    8 months ago

    As per the CACG terms of reference, which can be viewed on our website, the CACG is:

    ·  Involving community representatives in planning, particularly for local outcomes;

    ·  Assisting to identify opportunities and issues regarding airport planning, development and operations;

    ·  Assisting in resolving local community concerns where possible;

    ·  Providing advice regarding appropriate communication, consultation and engagement;

    ·  Helping stimulated the interest of the local community in the airport’s development; and

    ·  Assisting Melbourne Airport to fulfil its obligations as a responsible corporate citizen within the local and broader community, while recognising its role as a major economic contributor for the local region, Melbourne and Victoria.


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    Is there still a Noise Abatement Committee? If not, why not?

    8 months ago

    The previous Chair reviewed membership and actions of the NAC and determined there is no advantage to them being separate meetings.

    The current Chair, through the review of CACG, agreed with that assessment and recommend that NAC become part of CACG. CACG members agreed to the recommendation. The NAC will become a part of CACG from 2020.

    Any member of NAC not currently a member of CACG will be invited to join.


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    Is it necessary to be able to perceive a noise increase in order to be physiologically affected by it?

    8 months ago

    That question would be better addressed by someone with expertise in a relevant field.


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    Can Melbourne Airport identify other airports operating without a curfew that refuse to rebate residents for soundproofing?

    8 months ago

    The introduction of a noise insulation scheme for Australian capital city airports is a Commonwealth Government regulation and policy decision. 


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    Can Melbourne Airport identify other airports operating without a cap to flight numbers per hour that refuse to rebate residents for soundproofing?

    8 months ago

    The introduction of a noise insulation scheme for Australian capital city airports is a Commonwealth Government regulation and policy decision. 


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    Have there ever been changes to flight paths and way points between Master Plans? Can this happen? If so, would the changes alter the percent usage of each runway and the ANEF and N contours in the 2018 Master Plan?

    8 months ago

    Airservices Australia is responsible for the design of flight paths and arrival and departure procedures at Melbourne Airport. Flight path changes are independent of an airport’s master plan process. Airservices publishes information about flight path changes – both proposed and implemented - at http://www.airservicesaustralia.com/projects/flight-path-changes/.

    The noise modelling included in Master Plan 2018 is a long-range forecast up to 2048 and is based on the indicative flight paths for operation of both the proposed third and fourth future runways at Melbourne Airport. Master Plan 2018 notes that the indicative future flight paths shown are only preliminary and are based on the best information available at the time of preparing the Master Plan.

    Detailed information on the proposed airspace design for the third runway, and further noise modelling, will be included in the Major Development Plan which is expected to be available for public exhibition in early 2021.


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    Can you confirm that the noise monitor in Keilor East has been offline for most of 2019?

    8 months ago

    Noise monitoring around Melbourne Airport is undertaken by Airservices Australia.

    Please direct this question to Airservices. You can email questions to: communityengagement@AirservicesAustralia.com


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    Can you provide the wind shear data that led the airport to reconsider in direction of the third runway?

    8 months ago

    The impacts of windshear will be outlined in the Preliminary Draft Major Development Plan for the third runway, which we expect to be available for public exhibition in early 2021.

    The National Airports Safeguarding Framework Principles and Guidelines deals with windshear. Guideline B: Managing the Risk of Building Generated Windshear and Turbulence at Airports, can be viewed here: https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/aviation/environmental/airport_safeguarding/nasf/nasf_principles_guidelines.aspx


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    Can you provide the CASA ruling on permissible cross-wind speeds for runway usage?

    8 months ago

    Please direct this question to CASA.


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    Can you provide the data on how the new control tower has changed the way runway switching occurs?

    8 months ago

    Please direct this question to Airservices. You can email questions to: communityengagement@AirservicesAustralia.com


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    What processes does the airport use to reduce noise where possible – eg, no reverse thrust, runway switching, etc (please list all)?

    8 months ago

    Airservices Australia is responsible for managing complaints and enquiries about aircraft noise and operations through its Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) (airservicesaustralia.com/aircraft noise).

    There are a range of measures in place at Melbourne Airport to reduce aircraft noise exposure for the community, including:

      • Restriction of ground running of engines during sensitive times of the day and night
      • Working with Airservices, the Noise Abatement Committee and the Community Aviation Consultation Group to monitor and manage aircraft noise
      • Published noise abatement procedures
      • Working with airlines and Airservices to manage airspace changes and operational initiatives to reduce noise

    We would encourage you to contact the community engagement team at Airservices who will be able to provide more clarity - communityengagement@AirservicesAustralia.com


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    Are there enforceable consequences for failing to make use of available noise abatement processes where they could safely have been employed?

    8 months ago

    Airservices Australia is responsible for managing complaints and enquiries about aircraft noise and operations through its Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) (airservicesaustralia.com/aircraftnoise).

    The noise abatement procedures for Melbourne Airport are designed and implemented by Airservices Australia.

    Airservices air traffic control implements these procedures when operationally feasible, subject to weather conditions, traffic and airline/aircraft operating requirements. The use of noise abatement procedures is at the discretion of air traffic control and aircraft operators and there are a range of reasons why noise abatement procedures may not be implemented at a certain time.

    Airservices conducts regular reviews to check the effectiveness of noise abatement procedures and to seek improvements.

    We would encourage you to contact the community engagement team at Airservices who will be able to provide more clarity -communityengagement@AirservicesAustralia.com


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    What mechanism would that enforcement be triggered – e.g, would a complaint or multiple complaints trigger an investigation – and what would the consequence be?

    8 months ago

    Airservices Australia is responsible for managing complaints and enquiries about aircraft noise and operations through its Noise Complaints and Information Service (NCIS) (airservicesaustralia.com/aircraftnoise).

    The Aircraft Noise Ombudsman (ano.gov.au) is appointed by the Commonwealth Government to conduct independent reviews of Airservices management of aircraft noise related activities.

    We would encourage you to contact the community engagement team at Airservices who will be able to provide more clarity - communityengagement@AirservicesAustralia.com


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    Can you confirm that there is no regulation setting an upper limit of decibels over residential areas or schools above which there is an enforceable penalty to the airport, Air Services or the airlines?

    8 months ago

    The Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018 (Cth) require all aircraft operating in Australian airspace to comply with the noise standards set out in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) document Annex 16, Environmental Protection - Volume I.  Aircraft that have been verified to comply with the ICAO standards are issued with a noise certificate. Under the Regulations, aircraft without a noise certificate, and those that have been certified at ICAO Annex 16 Chapter 2 noise standards, are not permitted to operate in Australia. The regulations carry strict penalties for aircraft operating in Australia without a noise certificate.

    All aircraft operating at Melbourne Airport meet the noise standards specified in the Regulations.


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    Can you confirm that there is no regulation setting an upper limit to the number of flights per hour, or day, over residential areas or schools above which there is an enforceable penalty to the airport, Air Services or the airlines?

    8 months ago

    Residential, school and other noise-sensitive land use around Melbourne Airport is controlled by the State Government. The Victoria Planning Provisions apply the Melbourne Airport Environs Overlay which is based on the Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) contours for Melbourne Airport’s future four runway system operating at full capacity. The planning controls apply Australian Standard AS 2021-2015 (Acoustics – Aircraft Noise Intrusion – Building Siting and Construction) in conjunction with the ANEF contours to restrict development, or require special consideration to be given to particular land uses, that may be sensitive to noise in areas that are forecast to be affected by aircraft noise.


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    Can you provide N contours for the current runway configuration and for each of the two possible three runway configurations? If not, why not?

    8 months ago

    Ncontours illustrate complex modelling of airspace, and as such, are developed as part of a planning process for runway developments. They’re not developed prospectively so we’re unable to share the contours you’re asking for at this time. Some of these will be developed as part of the Major Development Plan (MDP) that we will need to prepare for the next proposed runway. However, as we have communicated recently, building the East-West runway next (I.e. “third”) would result in the timeline for a second North-South runway being brought forward by a decade or more. In this scenario, we’d suggest that existing N contours from the 2018 Master Plan would provide an accurate guide for the ultimate four-runway configuration.


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    Will Melbourne Airport offer rebates to residents, schools and business owners affected by aircraft noise for double-glazing and insulation? If so, what proportion of the costs will the rebates cover?

    8 months ago

    The application and introduction of a noise insulation scheme for federally leased airports is a Commonwealth Government regulation and policy decision.


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    What practical measures can residents take to enjoy outdoor activities in areas affected by aircraft noise?

    8 months ago

    That’s really a matter for individuals to evaluate for themselves

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    Can Melbourne Airport provide data on the proportion of the scholarships it supports through Western Chances that have gone each of the eligible municipalities since the program’s inception?

    8 months ago

    Young people are nominated for a scholarship by their teachers, social workers or other professional service/ care providers, and then assessed by an independent panel by Western Chances.  Melbourne Airport has no visibility or involvement in the selection of grant recipients.

    Below is data for the last two years – directly from Western Chances. 

    Western Chances Scholarships 2017

    – Melbourne Airport Donation $70,000

    Municipality

    # 2017 Recipients

    %

    Brimbank

    265

    43%

    Hobsons Bay

    64

    10%

    Maribyrnong

    41

    7%

    Melton

    92

    15%

    Moonee Valley

    40

    6%

    Other

    6

    1%

    Wyndham

    113

    18%

    621

    100%

    Western Chances Scholarships 2018

    – Melbourne Airport Donation $140,000

    Municipality

    #2018

    %

    Brimbank

    201

    45%

    Hobsons Bay

    43

    10%

    Maribyrnong

    22

    5%

    Melton

    30

    7%

    Moonee Valley

    67

    15%

    Other

    9

    2%

    Wyndham

    74

    17%

    446

    100%


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    Can Melbourne Airport indicate what proportion of the costs of secondary school these scholarships cover? If costs vary among schools, the proportion of the average cost, or of the cost of the most and least expensive secondary schools attended by recipients would suffice.

    8 months ago

    No, we don’t monitor that kind of information and it would be inappropriate for us to ask the families who receive our scholarships.


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    In terms of the current planning and consultation process, are we essentially recapitulating what is outlined on p211 of the 2018 Master Plan? And will there be an opportunity for submissions as the end of the ‘community consultation’ process?

    8 months ago

    Community consultation is an ongoing process that is enriched by the willing participation of our neighbours. It’s our view that effective consultation requires ongoing communication and respect for all parties’ views, needs and obligations. We will have project specific initiatives from time to time, and on that basis there will be limits on how long that process can go on for.

    A Major Development Plan for the third runway will be released for a 60 business day public comment period in early 2021 as part of the formal consultation process required under the Airports Act 1996. But project information will be made available on an ongoing basis via my.melbourneairport.com, and we would welcome new contributions to that platform at any time.


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    What is the total value of Melbourne Airport’s annual community investment?

    8 months ago

    For 2018-2019 Melbourne Airport’s total Community investment is $875,398. 

    This includes:

    $581,176 – Cash investment

    $294,221 – Time, in-kind and promotional/management assistance

    Melbourne Airport’s total community contribution is $4,968,306

    This includes the above investments plus:

    $424,949 – Charitable donations that Melbourne Airport has facilitated from staff, the aviation community and passengers

    $3,667,959 in foregone revenue – largely from complimentary advertising space provided to Melbourne’s cultural and arts events.

    These figures are independently verified by the London Benchmarking Group.


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    What is Melbourne Airport’s annual profit? What is Melbourne Airport’s annual turnover?

    8 months ago

    Melbourne Airport publishes Annual Reports on its website (see melbourneairport.com.au/Corporate/About-us/Corporate-Information/Annual-reports) detailing annual financial performance.

    Australia Pacific Airports (Melbourne) Pty Ltd (APAM) is part of Australia Pacific Airports Corporation Limited (APAC), which operates Melbourne and Launceston airports. APAC is a privately held corporation owned by institutional investors, predominantly superannuation/ pension funds.  Melbourne Airport’s profit is returned to shareholders to benefit superannuation fund members.


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    How much does Melbourne Airport pay Councils of each of the municipalities identified as being affected by aircraft noise and airport operations in rent, rates or other income per annum?

    8 months ago

    Melbourne Airport is located on land owned by the Commonwealth of Australia. The airport is managed and operated by APAM under a long-term lease arrangement with the Commonwealth. Under these arrangements, APAM makes ex-gratia payments in lieu of rates to the City of Hume. These payments are collected and distributed on behalf of non-aviation businesses operating at the airport – businesses that would otherwise pay rates if they were established within a municipality. Melbourne Airport does not receive any council services in return for the payments.

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    What proportion of the noise burden is felt by residents of each of the municipalities identified as being affected by aircraft noise and airport operations?

    8 months ago

    Melbourne Airport will undertake a range of studies to inform the Major Development Plan for the third runway, including detailed noise modelling and an assessment of health and social impacts. The Major Development Plan will identify the number of dwellings and public facilities within the noise modelling contours. It will also identify how proposed airspace modelling can contribute to alleviating noise for affected areas.


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    Will there be a full environmental impact statement in the Major Development Plan?

    8 months ago

    Section 91 of the Airports Act 1996 outlines the required contents of a Major Development Plan. This includes an assessment of the environmental impacts associated with the proposed development, and the plans for dealing with the identified environmental impacts.

    Melbourne Airport will undertake a range of environmental studies to inform the Major Development Plan for the third runway, such as soil, ground and surface water, ecology, heritage, aircraft noise, health and social impacts.


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    Will Australia undertake an updated noise survey, as has been done twice in the United Kingdom since the original survey but not in Australia?

    8 months ago

    That’s a question that’s better asked of Airservices. The aviation industry is governed differently in the United Kingdom, and the two approaches aren’t comparable on a like-for-like basis.


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    What effort has been made to determine how many households received the postcards announcing the community workshops and meet the planner sessions to discuss the north-south runway option?

    8 months ago

    Melbourne Airport engaged a third party to distribute 300,000 postcards to households surrounding the airport. In addition, we placed paid advertisements in 11 local newspapers. Following feedback that a number of residents did not receive those postcards, we undertook an investigation with the mailing house used for their distribution. We are satisfied that the mailing house met its obligations, noting that:

    ·  Postcards would not have been distributed to properties displaying ‘no advertising material’ / ‘no junk mail’; and

    ·  Postcards would have been delivered batched with other advertising material, and may have been overlooked in some instances.

    In response to the feedback received in relation to the postcards, we have engaged Australia Post to deliver ‘to the householder’ mail for future distributions in an effort to circumvent the above issues.


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    How many households did receive the postcards?

    8 months ago

    Melbourne Airport is confident most postcards were delivered to households. We have been informed by the distributer that the postcards were delivered alongside other advertising material that week.

    The distribution of the postcards coincided with advertising in 11 local newspapers.

    However, we note the feedback received during our consultation and as a result have engaged Australia Post to distribute future mail out communications.


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    What proportion of the population is estimated to be affected by aircraft noise under each of the different ANEF levels, and how significant is the impact estimated to be?

    8 months ago

    There is an Australian Standard for aircraft noise intrusion, AS2021. That standard is applied in conjunction with the Australian Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) contours to determine land use suitability in areas that are forecast to be exposed to aircraft noise. 


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    Have those estimations been adjusted to take into account potential links to diabetes, high blood pressure and other health impacts that may not have been picked up in the original noise impact surveys that were based on effects respondents were aware of?

    8 months ago

    You would have to ask the researchers who conduct the primary research as to what is included in the scope of the methodology. Health and social impact studies will rely on established scientific methods to evaluate the impact of aircraft noise local to Melbourne Airport.


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    What input do the community representatives have to the Community Aviation Consultation Group, Noise Abatement Committee, and the Planning Coordination Forum?

    8 months ago

    Planning Coordination Forum (PCF)
    The Planning Coordination Forum (PCF) enables ongoing strategic partnerships between airport operators, Commonwealth, state and local authorities to facilitate discussion and exchange information about land use and development issues relevant to Melbourne Airport. The PCF is chaired by Melbourne Airport and meets on a quarterly basis. PCF is a group where agencies and local governments are represented by their officers.

    Community Aviation Consultation Group (CACG)


    The Community Aviation Consultation Group (CACG) promotes engagement between the community and Melbourne Airport in relation to airport planning and operations. The CACG meets on a quarterly basis.

    Information regarding noise exposure on surrounding communities is now to be exchanged at the CACG, rather than the previously separate Noise Abatement Committee (NAC). This will include reviewing aircraft noise issues, systems and mitigation measures in a cooperative manner thus sharing this information more broadly than the existing audience. 

    The CACG is facilitated by an Independent Chair and includes membership from the Australian Mayoral Aviation Council, Local Government, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), local residents and airlines. CACG meetings are also attended by Airservices Australia and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development (DITCRD). There are currently 5 local resident representatives.


    Noise Abatement Committee (NAC)
    The Noise Abatement Committee (NAC) provided a forum for Melbourne Airport, Airservices Australia and key stakeholders to exchange information regarding the impact of aircraft noise exposure on surrounding communities and, in a cooperative manner, review aircraft noise issues, systems and mitigation measures.

    The previous CACG Chair reviewed membership and actions of the NAC and determined there is no advantage to them being separate meetings.

    The current Chair, through the review of CACG, agreed with that assessment and recommend that NAC become part of CACG. CACG members agreed to the recommendation. The NAC will become a part of CACG from 2020.

    Any member of NAC not currently a member of CACG will be invited to join.


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    What proportion of members of each of these are from the community, and what proportion from each of the other stakeholders?

    8 months ago

    The CACG member group includes 5 local residents as well as representatives from Hume Council, Melton Council, and Moonee Valley Council. A Hume councillor is also a member of CACG as a representative from the Australian Mayoral Aviation Council. Brimbank Council has been invited to join the CACG.


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    Would the airport agree that the interests of all other stakeholders combined have more in common with each other than the interests of the communities affected by airport operations?

    8 months ago

    No

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    What is the ratio of jobs created by the airport to total profit of the airport, and how does this compare to other major employers?

    8 months ago

    At last count there were 20,600 full time equivalent (FTE) jobs on the airport, and another 170,000 indirectly supported throughout the national economy by activity undertaken at Melbourne Airport. However fewer than 400 of those roles are Melbourne Airport employees. Most of the operational roles at the airport are filled through specialist contract organisations such as Programmed (Facilities Management), IKON (cleaning), or by tenants operating businesses such as Toll dnata (logistics and ground handling services).


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    What proportion of jobs at Melbourne Airport are casual?

    8 months ago

    We don’t count casual jobs in any of our modelling, all employment numbers are based on full-time equivalent jobs. While casual jobs may exist, they’d be in addition to the numbers we share publicly, and would be a matter for the several hundred individual employers operating here.


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    What are the environmental pollutants associated with air transport?

    8 months ago

    The Melbourne Airport Environment Strategy is included in the Master Plan 2018 (my.melbourneairport.com/masterplan) and details the environmental management and monitoring undertaken by Melbourne Airport to meet its legislative obligations. The Environment Strategy includes sources of hazardous materials at the airport, PFAS and other contamination, and air emissions.


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    What procedures do the airport and/or its tenants follow to contain and dispose of these pollutants?

    8 months ago

    Hazardous materials are managed in accordance with the environmental legislation and policies detailed in Appendix E of Master Plan 2018.

    Melbourne Airport business operators are required to develop and implement Operational Environmental Management Plans where adverse impacts on the environment may occur, including hazardous materials.

    Melbourne Airport has an Emergency Plan in place which details the standard operating procedures for cleaning up hazardous materials and spills on airport.


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    What access does the EPA have to the airport precinct to monitor the effectiveness of these procedures?

    8 months ago

    Melbourne Airport is located on land owned by the Commonwealth of Australia and the Commonwealth Government (Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development) oversees the environmental management of the airport via the Commonwealth appointed Airport Environment Officer (AEO).

    Environmental monitoring and reporting is undertaken in accordance with the Airports Act 1996 and Airports (Environment Protection) Regulations 1997.


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    What if any changes have been made to Melbourne Airport Master Plans and/or Major Development Plans in response to concerns raised during community consultation?

    8 months ago

    Community consultation is a valuable source of planning insight to help build an airport that better meets the needs of its community. Here are a few examples where input from the community outside the airport has resulted in fundamental changes to our planning approach – and in some cases has already delivered capital works totalling hundreds of millions of dollars.

    1.  Airport Drive. For many years residents of Melrose Drive, and others in similar proximity, were adversely affected by growing volumes of airport traffic – from private passenger vehicles to commercial transport operators right up to heavy machinery. In the 2008 Master Plan we identified a plan to upgrade Airport Drive, the main internal north-south road on the airport estate. That upgrade turned Airport Drive from a congestion point to providing direct access with two lanes in both directions with a dedicated heavy-gauge rail reserve separating the two directions of traffic. We incorporated specially designed intersections to facilitate safer, more efficient turning of large trucks and heavy vehicles. And we worked with Hume City Council to upgrade the secondary access route into the airport and more effectively integrate the airport road network with the council’s arterial roads. This included the truncation of Melrose Drive and improved connections to Sharps Road, Keilor Park Drive and the M80 Ring Road. This also included the introduction of a number of new signalised intersections to improve safety and road network efficiency.That work represented an investment of $100 million.

    2.  Airfield Design. The original proposal for Melbourne Airport’s runway system assumed the closure of Essendon Airport, with a second perpendicular system proposed for the south-east of the terminal precinct (loosely, where Airport Drive is situated today). When Essendon Airport didn’t close, the Federal Airports Corporation (FAC) consulted councils surrounding the airport for advice on how best to preserve the four-runway model in a new configuration. That consultation took place more than a decade before the airport was privatised, and delivered the ‘hashtag’ configuration that has been established in all public documents since 1990.

    3.  Through public consultation, in addition to significant step-change infrastructure. Melbourne Airport has placed an increased focus on infrastructure that provides further incremental traffic improvements. This includes initiatives such as the delivery of Dynamic Signage Projects to spread landside travel demand, Signage and Wayfinding audit and improvements, and forecourt optimisation initiatives (such as the delivery of additional wait bays within the lower forecourt).

    Melbourne Airport undertakes wide ranging consultation for the development of Master Plans and Major Development Plans (MDPs). The information gained from these forums and the formal public comment submissions is considered by Melbourne Airport, as required under the Airports Act 1996, to inform the planning, delivery and implementation of this nationally important infrastructure. 

    Typical amendments made to Master Plans and/or MDPs as a result of consultation and public comment submissions may include updates to the information presented and improving management and mitigation measures for projects.


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    I didn't receive the postcard announcing the workshops and I don't know anyone who did. When were they sent, what delivery service was used, and what efforts have you made to confirm the postcards were received?

    Awoni asked 11 months ago

    Hi Awoni,

    Thank for your enquiry.

    The postcards were sent to 300,000 homes in communities that surround the airport. Melbourne Airport is confident that the majority of postcards were delivered. This was not only checked by Melbourne Airport with the distribution company, but we also called contacts and used staff located in the distribution area to inform us as to whether they were received.

    In addition to the delivery of postcards, we also advertised in 11 local papers, and issued newsletters to our database as well as a mass media campaign on TV and in state-wide newspapers.

    However, we acknowledge that in regards to the local newspapers and postcards that some areas do not receive their local paper or advertising material. We also understand that the postcards were delivered among other advertising material and may have then been thrown out by the householder.

    As we progress planning for the third runway we are looking at other ways to communicate with communities – this may mean distributing leaflets via another company, or addressing flyers to the householder in a bid to make them stand out.


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    I represent nad speak on behalf of over 30 home owners in Keilor Village in the streets directly impacted by the north-south proposed runway. We would like to voice our objections. Having missed the workshops, and given there are limited appointments left to "Meet the Planner", what options do we have to record our objections formally?

    Kane asked 11 months ago

    Hi Kane,

    Thank you for your question. The engagement activities Melbourne Airport has started to embark on are the beginning of many opportunities that will be provided to the community over the coming months and years as we progress planning for a third runway.

    The workshops and Meet the Planner sessions were designed to support Melbourne Airport’s announcement that it was reviewing the decision it made in 2013 on the orientation of the third runway. We will make a decision by the end of the year as to whether we progress with planning a third runway in a north-south or east-west direction. 

    Once this decision has been made by Melbourne Airport, our runway team will then start the work required under the Airports Act to support a Major Development Plan for the third runway. This work will include studies into health and social impacts, noise and ground vibration, environmental impacts, air quality, air space design and many other areas.

    Throughout next year (2020), as more information comes to light, there will be further opportunities for the community to engage with Melbourne Airport and provide their feedback and ask questions.

    We expect work on the Major Development Plan to take all of next year, and we are hopeful to have that Major Development Plan ready for public exhibition in the first half of 2021.

    It is at this time (public exhibition) that the entire Major Development Plan will be available for the community and other stakeholders to review and make a formal submission on. It is expected that this plan will be on exhibition for a period of 60 business days.

    Once that period closes, Melbourne Airport will collate all the submissions and in its submission to the Federal Government is required to address the themes and issues raised by the submissions received.

    The Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development will then consider the Major Development Plan and ultimately decide to approve the plan or reject the proposal.

    Currently I do have some appointment available for our Meet the Planner session in Bulla this Wednesday, (Aug 28) and next Thursday (Sept 5) in Maribyrnong. Please let me know if you would like to make an appointment. You can email: paige.ricci@melair.com.au


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    Will you be sending notices to all property owners who will be impacted by Third North South Runway and whose properties will be directly under the fligth path. Will properties in Keilor East and Avondale Heights will be further impacted by the noise of Third North South Runway if not which Suburbs will be impacted by noise and property development.

    Karan asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Karan,

    Information regarding our recent announcement and the timing of engagement activities was sent to 300,000 homes. That was supported by advertising in local papers and media articles.

    The impacts on Keilor East and Avondale Heights will depend on which runway is built next. We know that if a north-south runway is built next it will impact the community of Keilor and Sunshine to the south and Bulla to the north.

    However, we have yet to complete the noise impacts for both runway options and plan to complete this work in 2020. Once the work is complete we will be able to communicate the results with local communities

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    The Keilor info session is not surprisingly sold out. The proposed N/S runway runs directly above my house, near central keilor / village area. Please advise the expected usage of the 3rd runway, how that compares to the existing N/S runway. When would one be used instead of the other? What times would the 3rd runway be used? Is there differentiation between planes, in terms of their impact sound/vibration on housing, that is applied to the usage times and frequencies between the existing N/S and the proposed N/S runway?

    DaleK asked 12 months ago

    Hi DaleK,

    The first session in Keilor last Tuesday have a few spots available and the evening session was sold out. In response to the strong interest from that community we have added a further 2 workshops in Keilor this Saturday (July 27).

    If we build the north-south runway next we would expect to use the two north-south runways together during the day due to the high number of aircraft wanting to fly in and out of Melbourne Airport. The amount of time the two north-south runways would be used together is expected to be similar to the amount of time the current north-south runway is used today. 

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    Why are noise levels no longer monitored in Keilor as advised in local paper article? Is MELBOURNE Airport not subject to EPA regulations on noise levels, and do the permitted levels change at different times of the day?

    Brian asked 12 months ago

    Hi Brian,

    Noise levels are monitored by Airservices and a noise monitor is located in Keilor East. It was offline for a period of time, however, it was back online towards the end of May.

    Airservices moved the noise monitor to a new location, hence it being offline. Data from the new site will be included in the online reporting in Q2 – however, this will only be data for one month.

    The location and operation of electronic noise monitoring units is undertaken by Airservices Australia at their sole discretion. Melbourne Airport has no jurisdiction in determining locations and numbers of noise monitoring units (related to aircraft movements in flight). 

    Aircraft Noise is covered under Commonwealth legislation, as such the State laws such as EPA requirements do not apply. 

    The specific regulations with respect to aircraft noise are the Air Navigation (Aircraft Noise) Regulations 2018 and applied through Airservices Australia. There are no specific regulations, standards or requirements applying to aircraft noise levels. 


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    Will houses under the flight path be compensated with double glazed windows & insulation to reduce noise? I know houses in the past built under flight paths had to be built with these items.

    Carmel asked 12 months ago

    Hi Carmel,

    Insulation programs are a policy matter for the Commonwealth Government through the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development. 

    Where they have applied insulation scheme these have only applied to houses in the Aircraft Noise Exposure Index (ANEI) levels exceeding the 30 contour/zone which reflect actual noise impacts, as opposed to the Aircraft Noise Exposure Forecast (ANEF) which reflect the noise impact index for the long term future plan of the airport (incorporating all four runways). 

    The ANEF has been used in land use planning, by State and Local Governments, to determine where housing and other uses would occur. 

    For the previous schemes costs have been recovered through a regulatory charge, administered through Airservices Australia. There are currently no active insulation schemes. 


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    Hello, now you propose to change the third runway direction what will be the noise impact, number and timing for planes flying over Grassland Crescent Cairnlea? When is this likely to commence?

    jules asked 12 months ago

    Hi Jules,

    Thanks for taking the time to reach out.

    The impacts on Cairnlea and specifically your address will depend on which runway is built next. We have yet to complete the noise impacts for both runway options and plan to complete this work in 2020. Once the work is complete we will be able to communicate the results with local communities.

    We expect to make a decision on which runway we build next by the end of this year. We will then spend at least the following 12 months undertaking the detailed design work required for the runway proposal.

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    Will Taylors Lakes be impacted more than it currently is by aircraft & engine noise Can Engine runs be currently moved ?

    Virgin asked 12 months ago

    Hi Virgin,

    Thanks for your question.

    The impacts on Taylors Lakes will depend on which runway is built next. We have yet to complete the noise impacts for both runway options and plan to complete this work in 2020. Once the work is complete we will be able to communicate the results with local communities.

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    If the north / south runway is the option approved, will aircraft be approaching this new runway from the south (over Keilor)? Or will they always approach this runway from the north (Oaklands Junction end)?

    Duane asked 12 months ago

    Hi Duane,

    Thanks for your question. Airservices Australia are responsible for allocating runways, based on a number of factors.

    Aircraft typically land and take-off into the wind. So if the wind blows from the north the aircraft will land from the south and take-off to the north. On the flip side if the wind is blowing from the south then the aircraft will land from the north and take-off to the south. The more common wind direction at Melbourne airport is from the north so we would expect to operate in this mode more often.

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    Will, there be a new Master Plan if thrid runway selected to be North-South Runway?

    Karan asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Karan,

    The next runway, either East-West or North-South would be consistent with the four runway system as defined in the 2018 Master Plan, and as they have been reflected in all Master Plans (and associated ANEF’s) since 1990. 

    We may need to undertake an amendment to the 2018 Master plan to reflect details around the timing of the preferred runway. If required, this process would require Ministerial approval and would likely be done in-conjunction to the Major Development plan process requiring an extensive statuory community consultation process. 


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    Why are there no sessions in Keilor East or Keilor Park? Also limited sessions for people who work in the City, eg 7pm weeknights or weekends. Also these sessions have had no advertising, what are you trying to hide from the public?

    Meg asked 12 months ago

    Hi Meg,

    Thanks for your feedback.

    We had two workshops last Tuesday (2-4pm and 6-8pm). We have another 2 workshops scheduled for this Saturday, July 27 (10am-12pm and 2-4pm).

    We have tried to accommodate a range of times and days in a variety of locations to ensure people can attend at the best time that suits them.

    All the workshops (except July 27) was advertised in local papers and a letterbox drop to 300,000 homes was undertaken. There has also been links to the registration page in various media articles and on local social media pages.

    The community workshops are the start of our engagement around the building of a 3rd and ultimately, 4th runway. Over the coming months and years there will be other opportunities to meet airport staff and discuss the runway development and provide your feedback.

    If you are unable to attend a session, I encourage you to use the tools on this page to provide your feedback. Use the local community tool to drop a pin at your location and share your comment, or use the have your say tool to provide an overall comment on the project.

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    Can you please show me a map of how the east-west runway option differs from the north-south runway option please? I want to see what suburbs would be impacted by each option. I can’t find anything on your website that demonstrates this. I also can’t attend one of your info sessions as the locations aren’t close to me and are times that I am working. Many thanks, Samantha

    Samantha B asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Samantha,

    You can view an image of the four-runways on the project page. It's on the right-hand-side.

    I've also attached a copy below.