17/01/2006 - 21:00

Jandakot Airport expansion a step closer

17/01/2006 - 21:00

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The federal government has approved a fourth runway at Jandakot Airport and cleared the path for a proposal to develop 148 hectares of surrounding non-aviation land.

The federal government has approved a fourth runway at Jandakot Airport and cleared the path for a proposal to develop 148 hectares of surrounding non-aviation land.

Transport and Regional Services Minister Warren Truss last week announced the approval of the draft master plan for Jandakot Airport, and said it was an important tool for land use planning for Jandakot Airport.

As part of the master plan, Jandakot Airport Holdings (JAH) has stated it wants to use the 148ha of non-aviation land for developments such as showrooms, warehousing and storage, professional and office sites.

As reported in WA Business News in November, private funds manager Ascot Capital was in the final stages of negotiation to purchase Jandakot Airport for $47 million from companies linked to bankrupt earthmoving mogul Kevin Pollock.

The buyer’s key interest was understood to be 148ha of undeveloped commercial land on the north-west portion of the 540ha airport, one of the nation’s busiest air traffic areas, with mainly light aircraft activity.

Construction and development company Pindan has an interest in Ascot and it is understood the company will act as development manager for the proposed development.

Mr Truss said the draft master plan forecast that, by 2025, the total annual aircraft movements at Jandakot Airport was expected to be 476,000, compared with 324,308 in 2003.

Mr Truss said the key to implementing the master plan would be continual consultation with individuals and groups that had an interest in the success of the airport, the community and all three tiers of government.

“Judging by the depth of this plan, it is evident that Jandakot Airport is committed to this consultative approach,” he said.

Master plans are subject to a detailed public consultation process and must take into account issues raised during the process.

Jandakot Airport is now required to publish the final master plan within 90 days of approval and make copies of the plan available to the public.

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