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Wednesday, 21 November 1973
Page: 3661

Mr Lynch (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

(1)   When does the Minister expect the inquiry into the location of Melbourne's second jetport to be completed.

(2)   What is the nature and extent of the environmental studies being undertaken.

(3)   Has he made arrangements for the conduct of public hearings in conjunction with the inquiry.

(4)   If so, what arrangements have been made.

(5)   At what stage are consultations between the Department of Civil Aviation and the State Planning Authority, and what decisions have been reached.

Mr Charles Jones - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   After taking into account that locating a second airline airport to serve Melbourne is but part of an inquiry covering expected developments to the south-east of Melbourne, as a whole, it is not possible to give a worthwhile indication as to when the inquiry may be completed.

(2)   It is understood that environment and conservation have been taken into account throughout the studies of the State Planning Advisory Committee in this area. In addition it is understood that before a final decision is made as to which particular airport site is preferred the State Planning Advisory Council will require an Environmental Impact Statement on each of the alternatives. (3 and 4) In the event of consideration being given the actual establishment of a second airline airport to serve Melbourne, as an Australian Government project, then public hearings primarily dealing with the environmental impact would be arranged in accordance with the recently announced policy of this Government. Any question as to whether the State Planning Advisory Council has in mind to conduct public hearings related to their total plans for that area should be addressed to the Victorian Government.

(5)   Several sites have been identified to the north and north-east of Westernport Bay suitable for the establishment of a second airline airport as a result of consultations between the State Planning Advisory Committee and the Department of Civil Aviation. Current studies, co-ordinated by the State Planning Advisory Committee, are expected to lead to a firm recommendation for consideration by the State Planning Advisory Council.

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