Abo­rig­i­nal run­way ap­proval

The West Australian - - NEWS -

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

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