Re­view grounded Jaime Shurmer

AIR­PORT EX­PAN­SION PROBE TOO COSTLY

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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