Approval granted for Bankstown Airport Master Plan

Media Release

WT001/2015

05 January 2015

Today Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss announced his approval of the Bankstown Airport's 2014 Master Plan.

“The Master Plan sets out Bankstown Airport's strategic direction for the next 20 years and provides information for the community about site operations and future development,” Mr Truss said.

“Bankstown Airport submitted its Plan in October 2014, to replace the 2005 Master Plan.

“The Plan seeks to support the long term sustainability of the Sydney region aviation industry, consistent with the Australian government's strategic planning for Sydney region aviation—including the recent announcement of Badgerys Creek as the location for a Western Sydney airport.

“While Bankstown Airport has been experiencing declining aircraft movements for some time, over the next 20 years aircraft movements are predicted to increase from around 220,000 movements in 2013 to around 298,000 in 2034.

“No increase to the current provision for Regular Passenger Transport links has been proposed.

Mr Truss said the Bankstown Airport was an important part of New South Wales' General Aviation network and made a significant contribution to the local economy.

“The airport supports over 1,900 jobs at the airport site,” he said.

“The 2014 Master Plan ensures that while there is opportunity to undertake commercial development on the site, such as to establish retail and office spaces, aviation will remain the airport's core business.

“The Plan proposes a range of aviation developments including runway lighting upgrades and runway, taxiway and apron pavement strengthening.”

Approval of the Master Plan does not constitute approval of the developments proposed within it. Major developments will require further planning processes, community consultation and approval in accordance with the Airports Act 1996 before going ahead.

Bankstown Airport is required to publish the final Master Plan within 50 business days.