Airport plan takes flight
THE Federal Government approved the Perth Airport Master Plan 2014, paving the way for significant developments, including the third runway and the State Government’s Forrestfield Airport Rail Link project.
Perth Airport chief executive Brad Geatches welcomed the announcement by Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister Warren Truss on Friday.
The final plan would be made public by March 20 and included information about how the impact of aircraft noise on communities surrounding the airport would be managed, ensuring the public was well informed, an airport media release stated.
It said the plan was the basis for effective environmental management, allowing for sustainable development of the airport estate.
Mr Truss said the airport contributed $2.61 billion to WA’s gross regional product and facilitated 17,800 full-time jobs.
“The Master Plan I have approved outlines its aim of lifting gross regional product to an exceptional $7.04 billion by 2034, which will have significant benefits for Western Australia’s economy,” Mr Truss said.
Mr Truss said the airport had committed to improving its consultations with stakeholders, and to working with the WA government on the ForrestfieldAirport rail link’s final details.