Melbourne residents are opposing a $1.4 billion project for Melbourne Tullamarine Airport’s (MEL) third runway, calling for the government to establish an independent committee to review the impact of noise pollution caused by construction.
The plan for the third runway, which is still underway, is to be parallel to the existing north-south runway, with an expected completion date set for 2027.
60 days to object and activists point out a glaring problem with the proposal: an Environmental Impact Statement(EIS) for Melbourne’s north-south runway has not been undertaken by the federal Department of Environment. Find out more here, and speak out! https://t.co/qLwbhL1eOj pic.twitter.com/Ux3LizNdH5
— 3rd Runway Climate Impact (@Climate4Runway3) March 17, 2022
Brisbane Airport (BNE) began trialing aircraft noise reduction measures in February 2022 after the deputy prime minister and infrastructure minister, Barnaby Joyce agreed to establish an independent review of the impact of BNE’s parallel runway, opened in 2020, following noise complaints and community consultation.
Public consultation for MEL’s third runway proposal ends in mid-May 2022, with the final plan to be submitted to the federal infrastructure minister for approval next year.