Poor takeoff for airport plan

Perth Airport chief Brad Geatches next to displays about proposed changes to the airport.
Perth Airport chief Brad Geatches next to displays about proposed changes to the airport.

Perth Airport chief executive Brad Geatches said the airport may hold a second session in Belmont in the 60-day public consultation period of its preliminary draft plan.

Four meetings were scheduled by the airport for the City of Belmont, Shire of Kalamunda, City of Swan and City of Canning.

The display was supported by representatives from the Public Transport Authority to talk through the proposed Forrestfield-Airport rail link, maps and information sheets outlining the proposed upgrades, and live demonstrations of an Aircraft Noise Information Portal.

The portal allows residents or property buyers to enter their suburb or postcode to determine how aircraft noise may affect their property.

Mr Geatches said the aim was to encourage feedback.

‘The master plan gets modified as a result,’ he said.

‘Belmont is impacted by aircraft noise and the level of activity on the roads and it has grown with the airport so there are generally less concerns here.’ He was very supportive of the State Government’s efforts to improve public transport to the airport, which he said was ‘very poor right now’.

The plan divides the airport’s land into five precincts.

A new runway is proposed, with the consolidation of all commercial air services to TI to be called Airport Central.

The plan includes multi-storey car parks, commercial office space and passenger access via a new road.