Know the Facts on the Third Runway

Know the facts on the third runway

Melbourne Airport’s proposal for a third runway does not fully explain the significant health impacts this runway will have on the community.

Brimbank Council is calling on the Federal Government - the approval authority for the third runway - to conduct an independent health impact assessment before any decision is made.

In early 2022, Brimbank commissioned an independent assessment of the health impacts associated with Melbourne Airport’s draft Master Plan and Major Development Plan.

The research found:

  • noise impacts would exceed World Health Organisation (WHO) Noise Guidelines
  • children under these flight paths could experience cognitive delays of up to six months
  • noise could cause sleep disturbances, anxiety, depression and cardiovascular disease.

Read the independent assessment (pdf, 1.8MB) and Brimbank's response to the draft master plan and major development plan (pdf, 3.9MB).

How the third runway will impact the west

Planes will be flying over Melbourne's west 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

200
flights per day over Melbourne's west
95%
of all air traffic to use north-south runways

The impact in Brimbank

Many people and facilities in Brimbank will be impacted by noise that exceeds the WHO Noise Guidance, including:

5947
homes
9
early childhood centres
4
community facilities
13
education facilities

What we're asking for

Brimbank Council is now calling on the Federal Government – who is the approval authority for the Airport’s proposal to:

  • Immediately commission an independent assessment of the health impacts of the third runway against the WHO noise guidelines
  • Request that Melbourne Airport publically release the full health impacts report that informed their proposal
  • Identify appropriate measures to mitigate the impact of aircraft noise on communities to accord with WHO Noise Guidelines
  • Not make any decision on the development of the third runway until these actions are done.

Show your support

Use the form below to:

  • email the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government to let the Federal Government know the economic benefits of a third runway should not be at the expense of community health.
  • leave your details so we can keep you up-to-date about the proposal and our campaign.
 
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