City flags flight risks
DESPITE stating its overall support, the City of Belmont still has concerns about contamination, lighting and the impact on Munday Swamp during construction of Perth Airport’s third runway.
In a submission commenting on the Preliminary Draft Major Development Plan (MDP), the City outlined its concerns with sediment and drainage, proposed lighting and infrastructure impacts on Munday Swamp and the management and treatment of per- and poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), man-made chemicals that have been shown to have adverse health effects on humans.
A northern main drain required for the third runway is yet to be constructed and the City has asked for “clarification on whether hydrological modelling suggested there would be any changes to flow rates and volumes exiting the airport estate because of the proposed changes to (these) main drains”.
At its council meeting last week, former councillor and Belmont resident Paul Hitt asked the City questions, which were taken on notice, about why support for the MDP was still given considering the concerns raised.
A Perth Airport spokesman said Perth Airport, which is one of Belmont’s biggest ratepayers, would work closely with construction contractors to develop an effective construction environmental management plan that would mitigate against environmental and heritage impacts of the New Runway Project, including the impacts on geology and hydrology.
“Extensive analysis and assessment has occurred in the planning and design to achieve this outcome,” he said.
“Throughout construction and operation of the new runway, measures will be applied to manage heritage values.”