Canberra Airport master plan, mixed bag with no real industry support

Typeboard logoIn November 2008, the Federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese rejected Canberra International Airport’s draft master plan on the grounds that it did not provide enough detail on the proposal to develop the airport into a freight hub and the airport’s community consultation had been insufficient. The Minister was quoted at the time as saying “The public have the right to know how this development could impact on their homes and the airport’s response to these concerns has been inadequate.” As a result of the rejection of the original master plan the Airport has had 180 days to resubmit their revised proposal.

The consultation process closed on 8 May 2009 and Canberra Airport have now published submissions where consent for publication has been granted (2009 Preliminary Draft Master Plan submissions) – submissions are listed below as they appeared on 04 June 2009:

ACT Greens Download
ACT Light Rail Download
Aerocare Download
Antonvmikulic Environmental Architect Download
Australian Post Tensioning Systems Download
AWT Consulting Engineers Download
Axis Plumbing Download
Backhouse, M Download
Barzi, F and Kershaw, I Download
Blanckensee, A Download
Book, W Download
Brown, C Download
Brunskill, A Download
Campbell, K Download
Campbell, V Download
Canberra Building Services Download
Canberra Convention Bureau Download
Capital Aeromotive Download
Cardno Young Download
Carey, DM Download
CCS Mechanical Installations Download
Cercol Construction Download
Cercol Construction_2 Download
Climate Action Canberra Download
Construction Control Download
Control and Electric Pty Ltd Download
Cotter, M & A Download
CPS Concretors Download
Dabro, A Download
Dakota Cafe and Bar Download
Dale, L Download
Davidson, S Download
Davis, B and C Download
Davis, W Download
Dean, DL Download
Delta Building Automation Download
Demeyne Aviation Download
Derrick, J Download
Deves, J Download
Disbrey, L Download
Disbrey, R Download
Diverse Data Communications Download
Duncan, P Download
Engineering Services Coordination Download
Erincole Building Services Download
Fairview Architectural Download
Fardell, L and Clark, R Download
Fielding, M Download
Frost, M Download
GMB Architects Download
Googong Residents Group Download
Gordon, C and R Download
Gould, A Download
Gowland, S Download
Graham Ladd Pty Ltd Download
Groombridge, J Download
Gungahlin Community Council Download
Hall, B Download
Hall, M Download
Hammond, K and P Download
Hawker Roofing Download
Henderson, R Download
Henshaw, B Download
Honeywell Download
Huon Management Services Download
Inskip, J Download
Instyle Indoor Plant Hire Download
Jerrabomberra Residents Association Download
John Hanna Fine Clothes for Men Download
Johnson, B and E Download
Jolly, P Download
Kafer, DR and KO Download
Lagardere Services Asia Pacific Download
LANDdata Suveys Download
Larson, R Download
Lee, J Download
Mak, D Download
May, M Download
McCallum, M Download
McKay, D and R Download
McKinlay, K Download
Miles, RE Download
Moore, L Download
Moore, T Download
Mushalik, M Download
National Trust Download
Navara, D & L Download
Neilson, R and R Download
Neoplex Architectural Signage Download
Norris Cleaning Company Download
North Canberra Community Council Download
ONeill and Brown Plumbing Download
Orr, P & O’Sullivan, J Download
PDA Marble and Granite Download
Peckvonhartel Download
Price, C Download
Pulsford, L Download
Qantas Download
Queanbeyan City Council Download
Randle Airports Download
Rayner, P Download
Renfree Hanrahan Architects Download
Resident, Royalla Download
Restrick, K Download
Rumbles Cranes Download
Schroeder, H Download
SNP Security Download
Solve Projects Download
Speier, S Download
Steel, T Download
Stone, B Download
Sustainable FX Download
Taylor, M Download
TaylorSteele, S Download
Teather, C Download
Thaurer, G Download
Thaurer, G_2 Download
Tourism Industry Council Download
Trinity Law Download
TTF Australia Ltd Download
Tuggeranong Community Council Download
Turbayne, D Download
Urban Taskforce Australia Download
Vega, O and S Download
Village Building Company Download
Waterland Pty Ltd Download
Whalan, P Download
Whan MP, S Download
Willans, G Download
Wilson, D Download
Wolfe, R Download
Wythes, PJ Download

Looking through these submissions it appears clear that there are clear raft of objections to the 24/7 freight operations, in favour of an 11pm to 6am curfew of the basis of noise impact.

What is exceedingly surprising is the total lack of any significant contributions and support from freight forwarding companies and international airlines. Given the emphasis that the airport has put on 24/7 freight operations and Canberra Airport becoming a “second Sydney Airport” one wonders where the support really is for these proposals?

The only submission from a “heavyweight” industry player appears to be from Qantas, nothing from any other national or international freight forwarding or passenger airline companies. One would have thought that if these operations were so important and of relevance to the aeronautical and related industries, these players would have rallied to support the Canberra Airport proposal – instead there is barely a whimper with most of the “support” coming from small Canberra based businesses. If submissions by the major freight and aeronautical players have not been authorised for publication the question should be asked what do these organisations have to hide?

Similarly the question remains as to why there is no ACT Government submission (or if there was one, why the ACT Government has not authorised publication). Again should we be asking what the ACT Government has to hide, surely their submission would proudly reflect the needs, desires and requirements of the Territory and its constituents.

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