Review grounded Jaime Shurmer
AIRPORT EXPANSION PROBE TOO COSTLY
THE City of Canning will not proceed with an independent review of Perth Airport’s expansion plans, which would have cost $29,800.
The airport’s latest variation to its Master Plan shows the existing crossway dropped and a second 3km runway running parallel to the existing main runway.
Councillor Jesse Jacobs raised the matter on June 20, asking the City’s chief executive to get a quote for an independent review of the airport’s plans to expand.
On September 19, the council unanimously agreed with City staff not to go ahead with the To70 Aviation (Australia) quote and asked the chief executive to continue to engage with Perth Airport about the new runway.
Seven of the councillors also agreed to authorise the chief executive to spend $50,000 on an aviation consultant should the City need help with its submission to the Major Development Plan.
This will include the original noise study component for the new runway project.
But an attempt by Cr Jacobs to include a public submission component was voted down 6-5.
To proceed with the quotation, funds could have been considered from the budget surplus and allocated in the first quarter budget review of 2017-18.
Staff advised that briefings by Perth Airport could answer any questions councillors might have on the potential effect of the new runway, instead of the City spending money on an independent review. An aviation consultant could review the Major Development Plan when it is released early next year.
But any submission lodged by the City would need to first be considered by Perth Airport.
It would also be reviewed independently by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, with the plan ultimately determined by the Infrastructure and Transport Minister.
AirBiz declined to provide a quotation because it was already engaged with Perth Airport as an aviation consultant, and Rehbein said it did not have the resources and might have a conflict of interest.
To70 Aviation (Australia) Pty Ltd provided a quotation on Friday, August 11.