Aboriginal runway approval
The State Government has granted Aboriginal heritage approvals for the construction of a new $520 million parallel runway at Perth Airport that will create about 500 jobs in the construction phase.
However, it was a difficult decision for Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt, who said in Parliament yesterday that it was “with a heavy heart” that he had granted approval for the Aboriginal heritage site Munday Swamp to be impacted to allow the new runway to be built at Perth Airport.
“This is a difficult decision and the runway will affect Munday Swamp, a very important cultural site for Noongar people,” Mr Wyatt told Parliament.
Mr Wyatt said that “Perth Airport has done everything in their engineering capacity to minimise the impact of the proposed runway by going as far south as they can”.
“There is no question the new runway will be needed to deal with the rapid increase in aircraft traffic which Perth has been experiencing,” he said.
Perth Airport chief executive Kevin Brown said he hoped the decision would enable the airport and the local Noongar community to move forward together.
Mr Brown said the airport was committed to working with the Noongar community to provide greater Aboriginal cultural, employment and business opportunities as part of its airport expansion plans. Geoffrey Thomas