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Approval of major development plan for Melbourne Airport.

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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon Mark Vaile MP Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Transport and Regional Services Leader of the Nationals

13 July 2007 117MV/2007


The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, Mark Vaile, today approved a major development plan for Melbourne Airport.

The mixed use development will comprise bulky goods retailers and trade suppliers, along with a child care centre, petrol station, supermarket, fitness centre and a licencsed premises. Access to the new development will be directly from the Tullamarine Freeway.

Mr Vaile said the development will be built on land not needed for future aviation development. It will be constructed in three stages over the next five years, and will cover approximately 48,000 square metres.

"This new development will provide a diverse range of services to users and visitors to the airport. It will cater for many of the day-to-day needs of the 12,500 people who work at Melbourne Airport," Mr Vaile said.

"By making the best use of airport land, the Federal Government is doing its bit to take pressure of other land stocks suitable for housing."

Mr Vaile said that the development is expected to create more than 1,100 jobs, with additional employment also to be generated during the construction phase.

The development is consistent with the allowable land uses identified for that area of the airport in the Melbourne Airport Master Plan 2003.

"My approval of this development followed a comprehensive public consultation process undertaken by Melbourne Airport," Mr Vaile said.

"The development will be required to conform to a number of environmental and traffic-related conditions. In particular, I have requested that Melbourne Airport develop in consultation with relevant stakeholders a Ground Travel Plan for the whole airport site within the next two years to ensure there is an integrated approach to traffic management at the airport."

A copy of the conditions is attached.

Under the Airports Act 1996, operators of leased federal airports are required to submit a MDP to the Government for any proposed major airport development.

Media Contacts

Tanya Cleary ( Mr Vaile's Office ) 0418 615 280

Draft Major Development Plan

Mixed Use Development, Melbourne Airport

(Australia Pacific Airports (Melbourne) Pty Ltd)

Conditions of Ministerial Approval


In this document, unless a contrary intention appears, the terms below have the meanings given to them:

ABC means an Airport Building Controller appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Transport and Regional Services (or his delegate).

Act means the Airports Act 1996 as amended from time-to-time

Airport means Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport as defined in the Airports Regulations 1997 as amended from time to time.

Airport Lease means the Headlease for Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport executed between the Commonwealth of Australia and APAM on 2 July 1997.

AEO means an Airport Environment Officer appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Transport and Regional Services (or his delegate).

APAM means Australia Pacific Airports (Melbourne) Pty Ltd and includes any future Airport Lessee Company for Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport.

AS 2021-2000 means Australian Standard 2021-2000 "Acoustics - Aircraft Noise Intrusion - Building Siting and Construction" and as amended from time to time.

Building activity has the meaning given in section 98 of the Act.

CEMP means the Construction Environmental Management Plan for the Development.

Development means the Mixed Use Development to be carried out in accordance with the MDP approved by the Minister for Transport and Regional Services.

DEW means the Department of Environment and Water Resources.

the Department means the Department administering the Act from time to time.

MDP means the Major Development Plan for the Mixed Use Development approved by the Minister for Transport and Regional Services.

OEMP means the Operational Environment Management Plan.


The Department of Transport and Regional Services (the Department) expects Australian Pacific Airports (Melbourne) Pty Ltd (APAM) to undertake all activities and to complete all works as indicated in the draft Major Development Plan (MDP). In the event of any inconsistency between the undertakings and commitments made by APAM in the MDP and the conditions contained in this document, the conditions in this document shall prevail to the extent of that inconsistency.

Conditions about the environment

1. APAM will prepare a Construction Environment Management Plan (CEMP) to be approved by the Airport Environment Officer (AEO), and the Airport Building Controller (ABC), prior to commencement of building activity on the site. The plan is to include, among other matters, a Heritage Management Plan, details of Water Sensitive Urban Design measures, and measures to reduce waste and energy consumption. This could include measures to:

❍ Capture and store rain water for use within the precinct;

❍ Treat and reuse grey water, particularly for in-building and landscape purposes;

❍ Introduce waterless toilet (urinal) facilities

❍ Adopt low-energy lighting and other electrical devices for use in-building and

landscape purposes; ❍ Reduce external and in-building lighting (other than for security and OH&S reasons)

outside trading hours; and ❍ Adopt recycling procedures for waste products, such as paper, containers, and

biodegradable items such as food scraps.

2. An Operational Environment Management Plan (OEMP) is to be developed in consultation with the AEO and approved by the AEO prior to the commencement of use. The ALC must carry out the activity in accordance with the approved OEMP.

3. A Golden Sun Moth (GSM) Management Plan is to be prepared and implemented no later than 18 months from the date of approval and shall encompass the entire Airport site and cover two flight season monitoring periods. APAM is to provide the AEO with results from the first flight season and an initial draft Management Plan no later than 9 months from the date of approval. The draft GSM Management Plan should include sufficient measures to preclude damage to identified habitats from on-airport development in the interim period prior to the second flight season and finalisation of the GSM Management Plan.

The finalised Management Plan is to be approved by the AEO, in consultation with the Department of Environment and Water Resources (DEW) prior to implementation. The Plan is to include the data from the monitoring of the GSM during the two flight seasons and investigate the implementation or rehabilitation of potential habitat sites for the GSM. APAM is not to undertake other development on the airport in areas of identified or potential GSM habitat until the GSM Management Plan is approved, without consultation with and approval by the ABC and AEO.

4. APAM will consult with the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Compensation and Cultural Heritage Council if archaeological site AAV 7822/1447 is likely to be disturbed during construction of the Development.

Conditions regarding ground transport infrastructure

5. APAM must work in conjunction with the Victorian and local governments to develop an Airport Ground Transport Plan (AGTP) for the airport site with reference to the Victorian Planning Provisions no later than 24 months from the date of approval. APAM is required to work closely with the Hume City Council and VicRoads to ensure that implementation of the Development does not result in unacceptable traffic impacts and APAM must negotiate in good faith to fund any fair and reasonable mitigation measures.

6. APAM must ensure that advertising and signage upon the mixed use development complies with the Victorian Planning Provisions to ensure that they do not present a safety concern to traffic travelling along the Tullamarine Freeway.

7. In addition to the AGTP, APAM is to provide to the ABC a Traffic Management Plan incorporating strategies regarding traffic control during the initial four weeks of business trading by tenants of the Development. This should be provided at least one month prior to each stage opening. It is intended that the Traffic Management Plan will apply during the initial four weeks of business trading for each of the three stages of the development.

Conditions requiring action prior to use and occupation

8. Upon completion of building activity and prior to use and occupation, APAM must provide the ABC with evidence validated by an accredited acoustical consultant that maximum internal noise levels during aircraft fly-overs comply with Table 3.3 of AS 2021-2000. In particular, APAM must show evidence that the child care facility has been adequately insulated to comply with Table 3.3 of AS2021-2000 noting that Table 3.3 is a minimum standard.

Conditions about providing information

9. APAM will make all reasonable efforts to provide information requested by the AEO, ABC or the Department relating to this Development and compliance with these conditions within the time requested. Information provided by APAM shall be in an electronic format.

Chief Executive Officer to acknowledge compliance

10. The Chief Executive Officer of APAM will advise the Department in writing of compliance with the above conditions at the end of each development stage if applicable, and in all other instances, on the anniversary of the date of Ministerial approval of the MDP.