AUSTRALIAN Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese last week approved Archerfield Airport's 2011-2031 Master Plan, which sets out the Airport's strategic direction and intended uses over the next two decades.
In his approval, Mr Albanese said he has insisted that the operators take further steps to improve their relationship with nearby communities, including better engagement with the Community Aviation Consultation Group on operational, planning and development matters.
The master plan proposes continued investment to the Airport's basic infrastructure, including a realignment of its secondary grass runways as well as the relocation of aircraft facilities closer to the main runway and away from nearby homes.
"Together, these improvements should help make operations at the Airport even safer while lessening the impacts of aircraft noise and emissions on the quality of life of those living around it," Mr Albanese said.
However, in accordance with the Airports Act 1996, the Minister said the operators will need to prepare a Major Development Plan for approval before any work on realigning the runways can start.
The operators are also required to fully consult, including with the Archerfield Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group, before any commercial airline can begin offering regular services into and out of the Airport.
The Minister said he also welcomed the Airport's commitment to reviewing its environmental management procedures and Cultural Heritage Management Plan with the aim of improving transparency and information sharing.
Corrie Metz, General Manager of Archerfield Airport, said the plan makes provisions for modern facilities to cater for the anticipated future growth of aviation within South East Queensland and provides relocation opportunities for warehouse, logistics and manufacturing businesses.
"In line with previous Archerfield Airport Master Plans, the 2011-31 Plan continues to make provisions for the introduction of Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) services should the community want them in the future," Mr Metz said.
According to Mr Metz, it is anticipated that aircraft capable of carrying up to 80 passengers may operate from the airport up to 24 times per day (12 arrivals and 12 departures).
"Archerfield Airport Corporation has made a commitment in the Plan to consult further with the public before permitting the introduction of such services," Mr Metz said.
The master plan also considers options for improvements to surrounding roads, noise issues, airport protection and potential precinct layouts.
Archerfield Airport now has 50 business days to make its Master Plan publicly available.