FEDERAL Transport and Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese last week announced approval of Gold Coast Airport's Master Plan, which sets out the airport's strategic direction for the next 20 years.
The master plan outlines major investment in aviation infrastructure over the coming years to make sure the airport is capable of handling increased traffic from the 2018 Commonwealth Games and other major events.
In approving the master plan, Mr Albanese said he made it clear to the airport that it needs to communicate better with the local community in relation to aircraft noise and other issues, adding that he expects to see genuine engagement with the community as Gold Coast Airport develops in preparation for the Games.
The Minister also said he is aware of the community's concerns about environmental issues, particularly at Coolangatta Creek, and said the airport must ensure appropriate management of species listed under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Over the next 20 years, Gold Coast Airport forecasts that it will create nearly 2,500 full-time jobs, contribute almost $768 million to the economy and help bring nearly 5.5 million tourists and visitors to the region.
The Minister said Gold Coast Airport's Master Plan is the first to be approved under the Government's strengthened legislative requirements for airport master planning. The new requirements mean the Master Plan includes:
- A ground transport plan;
- More detailed information on developments in the first 5 years; and
- An integrated environment strategy.