Residents demand public study on impacts of third runway at Melbourne Airport

3 August 2015 (Last Updated August 3rd, 2015 18:30)

Residents in localities around the Melbourne Airport in Australia are demanding a public study on the impacts of the flight path of a third runway at Tullamarine.

Residents in localities around the Melbourne Airport in Australia are demanding a public study on the impacts of the flight path of a third runway at Tullamarine.

People from Gladstone Park, Broadmeadows and Westmeadows have urged the Australian Government to force the Melbourne Airport to conduct the study as the flight path will have airplanes flying as low as 300m above their homes, reported The Age.

The new runway is yet to be approved by the government. Proposed to be built at an estimated cost of around $500m, the 3km east-west runway will be equipped to handle giant passenger jets such as A380s.

Melbourne Airport CEO Chris Woodruff has previously said that the new runway was necessary to meet the growing number of domestic and international passengers at the airport.

The airport, which intends to build two new runways over the next 30 years, has the proposals included in its master plan of 1990.

Hume Residents Airport Action Group vice-president Frank Rivoli said the airport was aware of the impact the project would have on the families staying in the adjoining areas.

"If they really do care about the communities around their airport, they need to run a public process and they shouldn't only do it if they are compelled to."

The group is also calling for the imposition of a night curfew on the runway.

Meanwhile, the airport said that it would act as per the instructions of infrastructure minister Warren Truss or environment minister Greg Hunt, and will carry out a study only if forced to by the federal government.