CITY of Canning staff recommended councillors not proceed with a quote of $29,800 for an independent review of Perth Airport’s expansion plans.
The airport’s latest minor variation to its Master Plan shows the existing crossway being dropped and a second runway stretching 3km to run parallel to the existing main runway.
Councillor Jesse Jacobs raised the matter on June 20, asking the chief executive to get a quote for an independent review of the airport’s plans to expand.
On September 19, the council unanimously agreed with City staff not to go ahead with the To70 Aviation (Australia) quote and asked the chief executive to continue to actively engage with Perth Airport about the new runway.
Seven of the councillors also agreed to authorise the chief executive to spend $50,000 on an aviation consultant should the city need help with its submission to the Major Development Plan.
This will include the original noise study component for the new runway project, but an attempt by Cr Jacobs to also include a public submission component was voted down 5-6.
Staff advised that briefings by Perth Airport could answer any questions councillors may have on the potential impacts of the new runway, instead of the city spending money on an independent review.
An aviation consultant could review the Major Development Plan when it is released early next year.
But any submission lodged by the City would need to first be considered by Perth Airport.
It would also be reviewed independently by the of Infrastructure and Regional Development with the Plan ultimately being determined by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.
To proceed with the quotation, funds could have been considered from the budget surplus and allocated in the first quarter budget review of 2017-18.
The council agenda shows AirBiz declined to provide a quotation because they were already engaged with Perth Airport as an aviation consultant, and Rehbein said they did not have the resources and may have a current conflict of interest.
To70 Aviation (Australia) Pty Ltd provided a quotation on Friday, 11 August 2017.