Mayor of Brimbank, Cr Lucinda Congreve has declared that Council takes very seriously the implications of the proposed North-South third runway alignment for the Brimbank community, and making every effort at this early stage to advocate and make meaningful interventions.
“In 2013 the Melbourne Airport announced that it would commence the investigation and planning for an East-West alignment, which at the time was the preferred option for Melbourne’s third runway.
“Council, like many in the community was surprised when Melbourne Airport announced recently that their investigations revealed strong evidence to suggest that the North-South parallel could now provide a superior outcome and that they would commence a period of further technical consultation with the appropriate government, airlines and regulatory bodies to inform their final decision.
“Brimbank Council takes very seriously the implications that the proposed North-South runway alignment could have for the amenity and wellbeing of our community, particularly residents under the flight path and people using community facilities located under the flight path.
“It is important the affected residents are able to have their say and learn more about the proposal.
“Council is also considering the impact any change of runway alignment would have on the environment and biodiversity including the longer term effect on the iconic Brimbank Park, which also offers important active and passive recreation options for our community.
“The first thing we have done is to seek information from the Melbourne Airport representatives as to the reasoning behind the change and to ensure that the Airport representatives are transparently communicating with affected communities.
“I, along with my fellow Councillors and senior Council staff established a weekly meeting with Melbourne Airport representatives to monitor the issues being raised at the workshops. We have also attended community workshops, both as residents and Councillors, so that we can advocate from an informed position, and make meaningful interventions where possible at this early stage.
“One of these interventions has been to seek an urgent meeting with the Airservices representatives to advocate strongly for more transparent noise monitoring and complaints management, and the return of and the permanent installation of an Environmental Monitoring Unit in Keilor and other affected parts of the city,” the Mayor added.
“At this stage Council does not have a formal position on the proposed North-South alignment. We are listening to the concerns raised directly with us, seeking clarity and further information as appropriate from Melbourne Airport representatives and monitoring resident concerns and possible mitigation strategies raised at the workshops should the final decision, expected within the next 12 months, be a North-South Alignment.
“In the interim we urge residents who want to find out more information to visit Melbourne Airport's community engagement website My Melbourne Airport" the Mayor said.