Community

Essendon Fields Airport is one of the best known localities within Melbourne. It played a central role in the economic and social development of the city during the 20th century, as it was the aviation gateway between the city and the world.

Moving Into The Area

With residential and commercial communities located immediately adjacent to our airport boundary, the protection of Airspace is a major focus. EAPL is working with the Federal, State and Local Governments to support improvements in planning outcomes that will improve the safety and viability of operations in the Melbourne region.

EAPL has worked with the Moonee Valley City Council to finalise a planning scheme amendment for Design Development Overlays relating to building height restrictions in areas under the runway approach and departure paths. Amendment C121 was subsequently approved by the Victorian Minister for Planning and is now included in the Moonee Valley Planning Scheme. An Airport Environs Overlay has not been prepared for Essendon Airport.

For those considering a move into the area we recommend the following:

  • Refer to Chapter 8 of the EAPL Master Plan (Aircraft Noise and Airspace Management)
  • Speak to people already living in the area
  • Spend time in the location to gain an understanding of aircraft activity and noise level. Try to cover both day and night periods
  • Consider logging onto the Airservices Australia website to use the WebTrak tool which will allow you to investigate actual flight movements over the location that you may be considering. See further details in the Aviation tab of the website
  • Review the current Air Noise Exposure Forecast plan (See further details in the Aviation tab of the website).  This shows the forecast noise levels for residential zones close to the airport and can be obtained on our website
  • You should also refer your building advisors to the Airspace Charts of page 79 – 87 of the Master Plan

If you have further questions after following the above process you can get further advice from Essendon Airport via the enquiry link on our website under the Contact tab or calling 03 9948 9400.

Fly Neighbourly Agreement

Aircraft noise will always arise as part of an airport’s operation, and while modern aircraft are becoming quieter, considerable ongoing attention is required to manage the noise associated with an airport.

While aircraft flight paths and responses to noise created by aviation movements are primarily the responsibility of Airservices Australia, EAPL takes a proactive approach to noise impacts on the community.  Currently, 24 operators have signed the Fly Neighbourly Agreement as of September 2017.

Initiatives undertaken by EAPL in conjunction with the Community Aviation Consultation Group (CACG) include the implementation of the first Fly Neighbourly Agreement in Australia.

The following Essendon Airport Tenants have signed up to the Fly Neighbourly Agreement :

  • AeroRescue Pty Ltd
  • Agusta Westland
  • Alliance Airlines Pty Ltd
  • Amber Aviation
  • Coulson Helicopters
  • Crabtree Aviation Services
  • Erickson Air Crane
  • Execujet Australia Pty Ltd
  • Executive Airlines Pty Ltd
  • Free Spirit Airlines
  • General Aviation Maintenance (GAM)
  • Jenny Gust (Pilot)
  • JetCity Engineering
  • JETGO Australia Pty Ltd
  • Melbourne Helicopters PTY LTD
  • Par-Avion
  • Pearson Aviation Pty Ltd
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service
  • SGE International Pty Ltd
  • Sharp Airlines
  • Shortstop Jet Charter Pty Ltd

CACG

In January 2010, Essendon Airport PTY LTD (EAPL) established a Community Aviation Consultation Group (CACG). The CACG replaced the Essendon Airport Noise Management Working Group.

The CACG is the primary community consultation forum for noise issues.

Attendees at the CACG meetings include:

  • The member of Federal Parliament for the seat of Wills
  • The member of State Parliament for the seat of Essendon
  • A local Ward Councillor for Moonee Valley City Council
  • A community representative nominated by the Federal Member for Wills
  • A community representative nominated by the Federal Member for Maribyrnong
  • Two senior representatives from EAPL.
  • Representatives of Airservices Australia and the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development are invited guests at each meeting. The Aircraft Noise Ombudsman has also attended meetings of the CACG.
  • Initiatives undertaken by EAPL in conjunction with the CACG include:

Implementation of the first Fly Neighbourly Agreement in Australia;

  • Local fly neighbourly procedures to encourage helicopter operations at the northern end of runway 17/35 to use the green belt area;
  • An EAPL staff member spending the night at the home of a local resident to gain a better understanding of the noise issues that were impacting on this particular person;
  • Arrangements were made for another resident to meet the CEO and Chief Pilot of a local airfreight company to discuss their concerns and gain a better understanding of this particular business;
  • A new engine test site which uses the existing formation of the adjacent freeway overpass to absorb noise was trialled and is now a confirmed location for engine test runs.
  • Publication of a Community Information Booklet

The Terms of Reference for the Group is available here.

Minutes of meetings will be made available on the Essendon Airport website after approval by the Community Aviation Consultation Group.

Community Info Booklet

On recommendation from the CACG, a Community Information Booklet has been printed.

If you would like a copy of the booklet, please contact us on 03 9948 9400.

Alternatively, a copy of the booklet can be viewed by clicking on the following link :

Essendon Airport Community Info Booklet, 3MB