Under a newly signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Brimbank City Council and Melbourne Airport have renewed their commitment to work together on a range of shared opportunities and community issues.
Council and Australia Pacific Airports Corporation, operators of Melbourne Airport, signed the MOU during a visit and tour of Melbourne Airport today (Friday 10 May).
Brimbank Mayor Cr Lucinda Congreve said the MOU committed both parties to working together transparently to deliver improved responses to opportunities and better outcomes for the community.
“Melbourne Airport is one of Brimbank’s most valued neighbours – and like all good neighbours, there is much we can gain by working cooperatively together in the best interests of our community and the local environment.
“Under this MOU, we’re committed to meaningful engagement on issues that are important to our community, including amenity for local residents, environmental issues, emergency management, and stakeholder engagement.
“With the Melbourne Airport Rail Link via Sunshine now a certainty – there are also significant opportunities for Council and Melbourne Airport to work together to maximise economic, employment and educational outcomes.
“We’re excited about the prospect of working more closely with Melbourne Airport to support the best interests of our community across a range of infrastructure projects and issues,” Cr Congreve said.
Melbourne Airport CEO Lyell Strambi said he was delighted to establish a Memorandum of Understanding with Brimbank City Council, to signify the airport’s partnership with Council.
“For Melbourne Airport, this MOU signals a closer partnership with Brimbank. It will create the foundations for us to work more closely with Council, and to partner on a broader range of initiatives.
“We recognise the impact the airport has on the community, as a major employer and as a tourism gateway and we are very proud of the contributions that we make to the region, especially in the Brimbank and Hume areas.
“From our conservation work to investing in education, we are constantly looking at ways to enhance the community in which we operate and this MOU will form part of our on-going commitment to local residents and the municipality as a whole,” Mr Strambi said.
In September last year Council welcomed an opportunity to contribute to the future planning and development of Melbourne Airport through a submission on the draft Melbourne Airport Master Plan 2018, which provides a 20-year vision for the development of the airport.
Council’s submission provided feedback on a number of important areas relating to the draft Airport Master Plan 2018, such as stakeholder and community engagement; noise; access; environment; economic development; and statutory planning matters.
“Melbourne Airport contributes significant economic benefits to Brimbank, and directly employs a large number of Brimbank residents – with these benefits expected to increase as the Airport expands,” the Mayor said.
“But there are also issues that need to be carefully managed – such as noise impacts on local residents as a result of flight paths over significant areas of Brimbank, and concerns about potential environmental impacts on local flora, fauna, air land and waterways.
“This MOU paves the way for improved information sharing and cooperation – so that we can work together to better respond to shared opportunities and threats, with the end result being a better outcome for our community and stakeholders,” Cr Congreve said.
The MOU will remain in place for three years – with options to extend the agreement for two more additional years.