The Victorian Coalition Government has released its blueprint for Melbourne’s future, Plan Melbourne, which confirms prospects of a new domestic airport and terminal between Kooweerup and Lang Lang.
Member for Bass Ken Smith, Member for Gembrook Brad Battin and Member for Eastern Victoria Region Edward O’Donohue welcomed the Plan Melbourne report.
“A new domestic airport will make air travel easier for residents of Gippsland and south-east Melbourne,” Mr Smith said.
“There are already around two million people in the region that would benefit from the construction of a new domestic airport. With Melbourne expected to grow by another 2.5 million residents by 2050, it is important we plan for growth now. That is why the Victorian Coalition Government has committed to the Kooweerup Bypass, with construction due to start by the end of the year.
“The proposed airport is part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s proactive approach to integrate housing with jobs, investment and transport. Plan Melbourne rebalances development from Melbourne to regional Victoria and delivers new economic and transport infrastructure to support Melbourne’s expected growth.”
Member for Gembrook Brad Battin said the proposed airport could create hundreds of new jobs.
“The new domestic airport is an exciting prospect, with the potential to create new jobs and new opportunities for businesses and tourism operators across the south-east and Gippsland,” Mr Battin said.
“The proposed airport will also complement the Victorian Coalition Government’s Port of Hastings development and the East West Link. Together, these projects will bring thousands of new jobs to our region.
“This stands in stark contrast to Labor’s opposition to all three of these critical economic development projects that will bring significant benefits to the South East.
Member for Eastern Victoria Region Edward O’Donohue said Cardinia Shire Council had identified potential sites for the airport and he thanked Cardinia Shire Council for its advocacy on this project.
“Further work will be required before a specific location can be confirmed,” Mr O’Donohue said.
“In the short term, the Coalition will update the State Planning Policy Framework to clarify the role and function of Melbourne’s airports, including the potential south-east airport. It is important to remember that this is a long-term proposal, and does not in any way involve discussions to close or alter operations at Tooradin or Moorabin airports.
“We encourage local residents to have their say on Plan Melbourne. Comments can be made until 6 December 2013.”
A finalised planning strategy will be released following this. More information on how to submit is available on www.planmelbourne.vic.gov.au.