Mayor says runway is a ‘health hazard’

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Brimbank Mayor Jasmine Nguyen says current plans for Melbourne Airport’s third runway present an “unacceptable health risk” to the community.

Speaking on ABC radio last week, Cr Nguyen said he would not support the plans until effective measures were put in place.

“Based on the research and proposed plans I have seen so far, the only way I would support the third runway at Melbourne Airport is if there are effective mitigation measures in place to protect the health of the community,” he said.

“I think it is our responsibility as a council to investigate what we can do for the community, which is why we have worked with experts to do an independent health impact assessment. And unfortunately, so far, the proposed plans do not have any type of mitigation or compensation.

“And I think that really presents an unreasonable and unacceptable health risk to our community.

“Why should airplanes be prioritized over the health of human beings?”

The council published its preview in the third track on Friday afternoon, after the Star Weekly went to print.

A Melbourne airport spokesman said health and social impact studies have been made available to the public.

“Melbourne Airport has been candid about the benefits and impacts of the third runway proposal and conducted a comprehensive study on the health and social impacts of the project,” the spokesperson said.

“We know that the council and the mayor understand the critical role that Melbourne Airport plays in connecting Victoria and its exporters to Australia and the world.

“Given how early the process is, potential programs for household noise treatment have not yet been produced because the plans are not yet detailed enough to make fair assessments.

“The airport was originally located far from a major population in the 1960s and was designed for eventual expansion to four runways.

“Urban planning decisions by councils around the airport have allowed encroachment of residential developments into noise impact areas and thus directly contributed to the concerns now expressed by the community.

Melbourne Airport said it looked forward to receiving the presentation from Brimbank council.

“We look forward to welcoming you and working with the council to deliver this important piece of state infrastructure that will help create hundreds of jobs for Brimbank residents.

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