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.

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

Brimbank Council is disappointed with the decision by the Federal Government in November 2022 to approve Melbourne Airport’s Master Plan for a third runway without an independent assessment of the health impacts.

The next stage of the process involves the Government’s consideration of the MDP, currently before the Hon Catherine King, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

Before this decision is made, Brimbank Council will continue to call on the Federal Government to conduct an independent health impact assessment to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community is not compromised.

How the third runway will impact the west

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

flights per day over Melbourne's west
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:

early childhood centres
community facilities
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 it commissioned as well as its responses to the submissions received on the draft Master Plan that informed its proposal.
  • Publicly release a copy of the reasons for the decision to approve the Melbourne Airport Master Plan and the accompanying advice that was received to inform this decision and a copy of the response to APAM in approving the Master Plan.
  • Advise if the MDP will be required to undergo a statutory exhibition, particularly given Minister King’s expectation that APAM address her concerns – this will ensure an open and transparent process that allows the community to be heard.
  • Identify appropriate measures to mitigate the impact of aircraft noise on communities to accord with WHO Noise Guidelines.
  • Not make any decision on the MDP 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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