Approved Perth Airport Master Plan Includes Rail Link

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AUSTRALIA: Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss has approved Perth Airport’s Master Plan for the next 20 years, which predicts significant growth in passenger and aircraft numbers.

“Perth Airport currently contributes $2.61 billion to the gross regional product of Western Australia and facilitates 17,800 full time jobs,” Truss said.

“The Master Plan I have approved outlines its aim of lifting gross regional product to an exceptional $7.04 billion by 2034, which will have significant benefits for Western Australia's economy. To match this growth, the airport has proposed a third runway, a new terminal and improvements to its surface transport plan.”

Minister Truss said the airport has also committed to improving its consultative mechanisms with stakeholders, and will work closely with all levels of government to ensure the best outcomes for the community.

“Perth Airport has committed to work with the Government of Western Australia to finalise the route and station locations for the proposed Forrestfield-Airport rail link.”

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Perth Airport Chief Executive Officer, Brad Geatches said the Master Plan consultation and approval process had been rigorous, with the plan being subject to a high level of scrutiny to ensure the public interest is met.

“The Master Plan describes Perth Airport’s land use and development plans for the next 20 years and beyond. With our redevelopment process in full swing, there was a high level of public interest in what the next stages of our airport development will be. We engaged openly with the community and key stakeholders, and are committed to continuing that process,” said Geatches.

The Master Plan paves the way for significant developments, including the third runway and the WA State Government’s Forrestfield Airport Rail Link project. These projects will be subject to further approvals processes in the future, and stakeholders and the community will be able to provide input.

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Perth Airport is a major employment centre within the Perth metropolitan area, supporting more than 17,000 jobs and contributing an estimated $2.61 billion to Gross Regional Product (GRP). These figures are projected to increase to more than 42,000 jobs and a GRP contribution of $7.04 billion by 2034.

“We are pleased that our Master Plan has been approved and we are looking forward to implementing our plans to deliver world-class facilities and services that all Western Australians will be proud of,” Mr Geatches said.

The final Perth Airport Master Plan 2014 will be made available to the public by 20 March 2015.