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Airport told by Minister – not good enough

By AG Canberra 21 November 2008 21

Transport Minister Albanese has just released his reasons for rejecting the Canberra Airport Master Plan 2008 (that each airport has to submit on a regular basis). He mainly cites a lack of detail in their submission for rejecting it….

Examples of insufficient information in the 2008 draft master plan include:

  • The draft master plan proposes a freight hub and states “significant night freight operations will commence in the short term”, but the draft master plan does not indicate the potential location of the freight hub, the type of freight envisaged, the buildings and other infrastructure required to operate it, possible traffic management arrangements or the volume of freight that may be processed;
  • There are minimal maps and diagrams to outline the use of the airport land, to show the delineation of aeronautical and other development areas, environmentally significant areas or details of the connections with the surrounding roads; and
  • There is minimal information about how airport and surrounding infrastructure and services will support the airport’s projected growth, with very limited information about terminal redevelopment or other aeronautical developments needed to support that projected growth.
  • The key land use map for the airport in the 2008 draft master plan is an undated aerial photograph that does not show the airport’s intentions for future development including detail such as the approved terminal expansion.
  • There is not sufficient information relating to specific precincts such as land use zones, commercial development land uses and no detail about current and future road works to support airport growth, including works already underway.

It seems that they tried to put in what they thought would be the bare minimum – while still leaving all options open to them if they decide to change their minds on something in the future.

UPDATED: Shane Rattenbury has expressed his joy at Albo’s decision.

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sepi 10:03 am 24 Nov 08

The freight hub won’t benefit canberra – all the stuff is destined to go straight to sydney on trucks – all we’ll get is noise at night from planes and trucks, and more wear and tear on the roads round the airport.

That’s why they were originally calling it sydney’s second airport. Maybe that concept didn’t sell well – now they are using the freight hub description.

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