Mayor: runway is ‘health risk’

Max Hatzoglou

Brimbank Mayor Jasmine Nguyen says plans for Melbourne Airport’s third runway pose an “unacceptable health risk” to the community.

Speaking on ABC radio last week, Cr Nguyen said she would not support the plans until effective measures were taken.

“Based on the research and proposed plans I’ve seen so far, I would only be able to support the third runway at Melbourne Airport if effective mitigation measures are in place to protect the health of the community,” she said.

“I think it’s our responsibility as a municipality to see what we can do for the community, so we’ve been working with experts to conduct an independent health impact assessment. And unfortunately, the proposed plans so far have no restrictions or compensation of any kind.

“And I think that’s really an unreasonable and unacceptable health risk to our community.

“Why should planes take precedence over people’s health?”

The council released its draft entry on the third runway Friday afternoon, after Star Weekly went to print.

A Melbourne Airport spokesperson said health and social impact studies are available to the public.

“Melbourne Airport has been candid about the benefits and impacts of the third runway proposal and has conducted an extensive investigation into the health and social impacts of the project,” the spokesperson said.

“We know that the City and the Mayor understand the critical role Melbourne Airport plays in connecting Victoria and its exporters to Australia and the world.

“Given how early it is in the process, potential residential noise treatment programs have not yet been produced as the plans are not yet detailed enough to make a fair assessment.

“The airport was originally a long way from a high population density in the 1960s and designed for possible expansion to four runways.

“Urban planning decisions by councils around the airport have allowed residential developments to invade noise-affected areas and thus have contributed directly to the concerns now expressed by the community.

Melbourne Airport said it was looking forward to the submission of the Brimbank council.

“We look forward to receiving them and working with the municipality to deliver this important piece of state infrastructure that will help create hundreds of jobs for residents of Brimbank.

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