Essendon Airport

Curfew review – September 2017

The Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development is seeking feedback on proposed amendments to the Air Navigation (Essendon Airport) Regulations 2001.

The proposed amendments are:

  • to allow jet aircraft which meet noise criteria to land during curfew hours
  • to increase the permitted weight limit for jet aircraft from 45,000kgs to 55,000kgs for operators during non-curfew hours
  • to remove the ability of non-emergency helicopters and propeller driven aircraft to operate during curfew hours

View the existing curfew rules for Essendon Airport.

Our submission (pdf, 382KB) was officially endorsed at the 10 December Ordinary Meeting of Council. We encourage all residents who may be impacted by the proposed changes to also make a submission.

We also issued a media release which summarises what is in our submission and our thoughts on the proposal.

The closing date for submissions has been extended to Tuesday, 24 October 2017.

For more information visit the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development or Essendon Airport websites.

Community forum

The Federal Member for Maribyrnong, the Hon Bill Shorten MP and the Federal Member for Wills, Peter Khalil hosted a forum on Thursday, 28 September to hear local resident's views on this issue. The State Member for Essendon, Danny Pearson and the State Member for Niddrie, Ben Carroll also attended. 

Airport contacts

Essendon Airport is governed by the Federal Government as it is located on Commonwealth land.

If you wish to make a complaint about airport operations, please visit the Federal Government's Aviation Complaints website.

You can also refer to Essendon Airport's website for other contact details.

Essendon Airport Master Plan 2013-18

Essendon Airport consulted on a draft master plan in late 2013. Council's submission to the master plan was endorsed at the 26 November 2013 Council meeting.

Essendon Airport released the final version of their new master plan in July 2014. Visit the Essendon Airport website for a copy of the approved master plan. For further information please call the airport on 9948 9300.

Essendon Airport has prepared an information booklet to provide residents with more information on their operations.

Hangars - Hart Precinct

As part of the Essendon Airport Master Plan 2013, the airport developed two aircraft hangars on the western edge of the Hart Precinct and adjacent to the north-south runway.

The hangars were completed at end of 2016. More information is available on Essendon Airport's website.

Hotel development - English Precinct

In May 2014 Essendon Airport released a preliminary draft version of a Major Development Plan for the proposed development of a hotel complex on the airport site.

The airport released the draft plan for a 60-business day public consultation period, which closed on 20 August 2014. We provided a written submission to the airport as part of the consultation which was endorsed at a Special Meeting on 19 August 2014.

The Federal Government is the planning authority for the airport, which sits on Commonwealth land. The Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development approved the Major Development Plan for the proposed hotel on 4 December 2014.

On 22 July 2015, Deputy Prime Minister, The Hon Warren Truss MP officially announced details of the proposed hotel. The hotel will include 166 rooms, large function facilities as well as an adjoining restaurant and bar. The hotel opened to the public in June 2017.

More information, including a copy of the Major Development Plan, is available on Essendon Airport’s website.

AutoCentre Stage 3 - Wirrarway North Precinct

Essendon Airport is expanding its AutoCentre precinct located to the north of the airport. The development covers an area of approximately 10 hectares for 'further retail including car dealerships and associated car storage, service centre, food and car parking' as identified in the Essendon Airport Master Plan 2013.

Stage 3 of the project has been determined to have a significant impact on a listed threatened species as outlined in Part 3 of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act).

It includes removal of 4.13 hectares of low quality Natural Temperate Grassland of the Victorian Volcanic Plain which is a critically endangered ecological community and in this instance requires a suitable offset.

The Department of Environment granted approval to the proposal in accordance with the Act.

Further information is available on the Essendon Airport website.

Proposed hospital development

Essendon Airport is in the early stages of planning for a hospital. As a hospital is a sensitive use within the Essendon Airport Master Plan 2013 a Major Development Plan must be prepared.

We provided support to the airport to prepare a Major Development Plan for the hospital development at the 26 August 2014 Council meeting. At this stage of the process we have not provided support for the hospital. We will consider the proposal as part of the Major Development Plan process.

If a Major Development Plan is prepared for the hospital development there will be public consultation for 60 business days.

Last updated: Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 10:02 PM