INFRASTRUCTURE and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese last week announced that Australians are to have a greater say in the planning and operation of airports through the establishment of community aviation consultation groups.
The consultation groups will be established at each capital city airport and at eleven smaller airports across the country, including Moorabbin and Essendon in Melbourne, Bankstown and Camden in Sydney and Townsville and Gold Coast in Queensland.
Mr Albanese also said that capital city airports will be required to set up high level planning coordination forums to improve coordination and foster regular dialogue with government planning authorities on future developments and ground transport access.
He said the government wants to achieve more transparent decisions about development at and around airports and to ensure that the community is involved in the process.
"After all, 4.7 million Australians live within 10 kilometres of one or more of our 19 federally leased airports," Mr Albanese said.
Mr Albanese said the board will be independent and engage with local residents and the broader community on issues including noise, disability access, environmental concerns, ground transport linkages and future developments.
The announcement builds on recent airport reforms made by the Australian Government, including limiting non-aviation activity and requiring any development with significant community impact to undergo a planning and consultation process.
Airports required to have community consultation groups:
Airports required to have planning coordination forums: