Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Brisbane Airport Will Keep Queensland Open for Business

Media Release


19 March 2014

Queensland will be open for business 24/7 with the federal government announcing that the state's main gateway—Brisbane Airport—will not be subject to a restrictive night time curfew.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss made the announcement at the Tourism and Transport Forum Leadership Summit in Canberra today, accepting the recommendation of the Brisbane Airport Curfew Review Steering Committee not to impose a curfew at the airport.

“It is not the disposition of this Australian Government to impose additional regulatory burdens on industry,” Mr Truss said.

“On the contrary, we have committed to reducing the red and green tape cost burdens on the Australian economy by $1 billion per year.

“Having considered all of the submissions, the overwhelming preference is for Queensland to stay open for business without impediments and, in this case, without airbrakes.

“The Queensland government, local government and industry are united in opposing a curfew, which would have a significant impact on the economy of Brisbane and the state of Queensland.

“Despite neighbourhood environmental arguments in favour of a curfew, the government agrees with the Curfew Committee that night time restrictions at Brisbane Airport would not significantly mitigate aircraft noise impacts on Brisbane residents.

“The nearest house is more than six kilometres from the runway centreline, double the buffer around Melbourne Airport and 10 times the buffer of Sydney, Cairns, Adelaide and Coolangatta.

“Nevertheless, I have urged Brisbane Airport Corporation to continue its community consultation and noise management efforts, particularly in developing its 2014 Master Plan and in the lead up to the delivery of the new parallel runway.”