Essendon Fields Airport is operated by Essendon Airport Pty Ltd (EAPL) and is located on Commonwealth land. As such responsibility for its management lies with the Commonwealth Government.
A draft Master Plan for the period 2019 to 2039, was due to be submitted to the Federal Minister by 3 July 2019, by EAPL.
The Master Plan has been prepared to meet the statutory obligations of the Commonwealth Airports Act 1996 and sets out a broad framework for the development of the airport for the next 20 years. The Preliminary Draft Master Plan (PDMP) outlines the strategic importance of Essendon Fields Airport.
Essendon Fields is more than airfield operations.
The site contains an eclectic mix of land uses and undeveloped land, and the precinct plays an important role in the City of Moonee Valley.
The PDMP outlines that there are plans to expand the existing landside uses and develop the vacant land, all of which may have impacts on the City of Moonee Valley. As such the Master Plan needs careful consideration in terms of planning for the future of this important site.
We made a Submission to the Draft Master Plan. The key issues addressed in Council’s submission are as follows:
- The Ground Transport Plan.
- The impact of the changes to airside (aviation) operations on the amenity of the surrounding area.
- Changes to the forecast aircraft noise exposure (ANEF) contours including the potential introduction of Planning Scheme Overlays, and the need for additional noise monitoring of current and future noise levels.
- The infrastructure impacts associated with landside development at the airport.
- Future of nearby vacant land currently under Commonwealth Government ownership.
- Community Engagement.
Further details on the status of the Master Plan can be found at ef.com.au.