BRISBANE Airport Corporation (BAC) last week released its Preliminary Draft Master Plan for the future development of the airport for public comment, with $2.5 billion worth of investment in airport infrastructure outlined over the next two decades.
BAC CEO and Managing Director, Julieanne Alroe, said that once finalised, the 2014 Master Plan will ensure airport planning addresses industry demand and growth, while focusing on achieving a balance between economic development, sound environmental management and sustainability.
"We have looked at the 2,700 hectares that encompasses Brisbane Airport to see where we can best plan for the future. Whether it's a bike path, new road or terminal expansion, every aspect is addressed within the Master Plan," Ms Alroe said.
"While the Master Plan is the blueprint for development to meet future demand, it also forms the platform for BAC's ongoing contribution to the local, state and national economy over coming decades and we welcome input from our community about these plans."
According to BAC, topics and issues covered in the 2014 Preliminary Draft Plan includes:
- Growth forecasts - passengers through Brisbane Airport are expected to more than double to 48 million annually by 2034;
- Regional economic benefits – it is expected Brisbane Airport will contribute $8.2 billion to the Queensland economy and provide around 51,500 full time jobs within the next two decades;
- Airfield and terminal development;
- Commercial development – the creation of five sub-precincts to maintain business clusters and generate a sense of identity and community;
- Airspace protection – ongoing management of safe and efficient movement of aircraft to and from Brisbane Airport adhering to relevant regulations, processes and guidelines;
- Aircraft noise management – updated version of the Current and Future Flight Path and Noise information booklet has been prepared to complement the Master Plan;
- Community and stakeholder engagement – ongoing commitment to supporting and engaging with the local community through a variety of avenues;
- Ground Transport Plan – including a focus on stimulating greater use of public transport; and
- Airport Environment Strategy – detailing the management of the surrounding environment to ensure the impacts of growth are managed.
The public comment period ends on 26 June 2014. Following this, the master plan will be submitted to the Australian Government for approval. More information is available from the Brisbane Airport website at <http://www.bne.com.au/>.