In accordance with the Airports Act 1996, Canberra International Airport is required to prepare and submit a draft Master Plan for the approval of the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, for a 20 year horizon every five years. An integral part of that process includes the Airport accepting and considering submissions from the public and engaging in community consultation.
In 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 public consultation period, where written submissions from the public are accepted on the revised master plan was opened on 10 February and closes at 5:00pm on 8 May 2009. With limited time remaining until the closing date for submissions, the North Canberra Community Council urges any individuals and groups wishing to make a submission to do so now.
- Full details of the 2009 Preliminary Draft Master Plan are available from the Canberra Airport Website.
- A full copy of the Canberra Airport Preliminary Draft Master Plan is also available for download (PDF 25Mb)
Written comments must be sent to the following address and received no later than 5pm Friday 8 May 2009:
Contact: Kathy Aves
2 Brindabella Circuit
Brindabella Business Park ACT 2609
Tel: 02 6275 2222
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