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Bankstown granted masterplan extension until 2013

written by australianaviation.com.au | March 31, 2011

Bankstown Airport from the air. (Paul Sadler)

Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown has announced that it has gained approval from Federal Minister for Transport Anthony Albanese to lodge a new revised draft masterplan by February 15 2013, as the airport looks to assess the impact of future developments in the Sydney Basin.

The announcement follows on from Albanese’s initial rejection of Bankstown Airport’s 2010 draft masterplan. This led the airport to request lodging a revised draft masterplan in two years, according to Sydney Metro Airport Bankstown CEO Colin Grove. “There were several reasons why we sought a longer extension period, one of the most important being the impact the future release of the Sydney Basin Aviation Capacity Study may have on the final contents of the revised Bankstown Airport draft masterplan, particularly in respect of any future passenger services. Therefore, we believe it is imperative that the results of the study need to be considered in the revised document to be submitted to the Minister for approval,” Grove said.

“Also the airport needs significant time to prepare revised Australian Noise Exposure Forecasts (ANEF) which will require third party regulatory endorsement and there may also be a need to include an airspace management study.

“As the process is quite extensive planning has already commenced for the preparation of the preliminary version of the draft masterplan.”

Grove said that while the 2013 plan was in development, the current 2005 Master Plan remains in force as an interim measure.


“This document supplies guidelines for matters relating to land use, aviation capacity, environment, noise forecasts, passenger services, surface transport, runway extensions and many other regulatory issues.

“We will notify the community and interested stakeholders in the coming months of the consultation schedule,” concluded Grove.

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Comments (4)

  • Jon


    Bankstown is acknowledged by very experienced pilots as a very dangerous port and yet it is planned to expand it in the heart of suburban Sydney! What kind of lunatic thinking is that? At the very minimum there should be a curfew at the airport akin to that required of heavy industry near residential areas. If I were an aviation business manager I would be consulting my conscience as well as my other business factors before making a decision relating to locating at Bankstown…its past its ‘use by’ date…and more and more people are waking up to that.



    Here we go again. BAL don’t get it at all do they. Their airport management plan was rejected, yet they still want to go down the path of introducing RPT services in their 2013 plan. They want other factors such as the Sydney basin aviation capacity study to justify RPT services into a suburban airport. BAL just don’t seem to understand that people don’t want this type of expansion at the airport, and lets face it, nothing will happen in the next two years to the airport to support the proposed RPT services. The most likely thing will be that BAL will go broke in the meantime, and the airport will come under government control again. Can’t wait!

  • dev


    It’s hard to believe that Hoxton Park could not be made more profitable considering it was right next to an arterial highway in the middle of an industrial area. Also that PA31 that crashed in Canley vale last year, would probably not have been fatal has Hoxton still been available. The road networks surrounding Bankstown are not suited to freight like the M7 is. I believe that Paul Phelan has asserted in Australian flying numerous times that this whole thing goes back to the mistake of privatising a piece of public infrastructure that the general community simply does not understand how large and subtle the impact is on the community are. I’ve got to agree. Melbourne has Essendon, Brisbane has Maroochydore. Sydney needs an equivalent as well as Bankstown and Camden because neither of these will ever really be suitable thanks to their unfortunate geography.

  • Ryan Pelquest-Hunt


    If Bankstown is planning development for passenger carrying services where will all the GA go??

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