Essendon Airport Pty Ltd (EAPL) advertised a preliminary version of its draft Master Plan (dMP) 2019 which was available for public consultation from 2 April 2019 to 2 July 2019.

Thank you to the individuals and organisations that provided written submissions. EAPL gave due regard to the comments received and provided an updated dMP to the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development.

Since this work was undertaken, on 14 November 2019, Melbourne Airport announced that it would begin preparing plans for its third runway to be built in a north-south orientation. The EAPL dMP had been prepared based on Melbourne Airport’s proposed third runway being oriented east-west.

Consequently and in response to community feedback, particularly requests for further information about how Melbourne Airport’s changed plans might impact air traffic movements at Essendon Fields, we sought advice from the Minister and the Department of Transport, Regional Development and Communications (DITRDC) as to how the dMP could be updated and resubmitted.

As a result, we are pleased to advise that the Minister has allowed the withdrawal of the EAPL dMP and provided an extension of time for a new dMP to be submitted by 31 January 2023. This will enable EAPL to update all plans and forecasts in the dMP in consideration of Melbourne Airport’s changed plans, consult with the community and submit a new dMP after planning approvals for Melbourne Airport’s third runway are further progressed. We expect that public consultation for EAPL’s revised dMP will commence in Q3 2022. In the meantime, the 2013 Master Plan remains in effect.

We consider this to be an excellent outcome for the community because our updated dMP will be based on the most up-to-date information and be far more accurate in its forecasts. We are grateful for the collaborative and constructive approach taken by the Minister, his advisers and key personnel at DITRDC who were instrumental in achieving this outcome.