Victoria flying high on third airport plan

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OPTIONS for a third airport to service Melbourne’s southeast are being investigated by the Victorian government.

 A new long-term planning blueprint launched today – Plan Melbourne - reveals the state is considering a new airport to serve Gippsland and population growth in Melbourne’s southeast.

 “An airport to the southeast of Melbourne would serve one-third of Victoria’s population, including the 300,000 residents of Gippsland,” Minister for Planning Matthew Guy said.

 “It would have the benefit of good transport connections and the potential of future rail access.”

 The Shire of Cardinia has identified potential sites between Koo Wee Rup and Lang Lang. The government will now work with local government to identify a preferred site.

 “After identifying a preferred location, we can investigate a process for private sector investment in the development of a new airport in this corridor,” Guy said.


“Cardinia Shire has done some very positive work on this possibility and sees the employment benefits for the South East region of Melbourne, as well as Gippsland.”


The southern and eastern regions of Melbourne are projected to grow by up to one million residents in the period to 2050, bringing the population catchment of a South East airport up to around three million, the same as South East Queensland.

An airport would complement the new Port of Hastings and be a key part of a planned integrated economic triangle to link transport and economic infrastructure in the southeast to the intermodal transport hubs in Melbourne’s north and west.

 There is no suggestion that this concept would involve any changes to Moorabbin or Tooradin airport operations, which are primarily based around flight training.

 Guy said the project and the entire Plan Melbourne initiative would facilitate an integrated land use and transport plan recognising the creation of an integrated economic network to be delivered by 2050.

 “We need a more integrated approach to planning and development which includes land use, transport, plus social and community infrastructure,” Guy said.

 “Underpinning Plan Melbourne [is a] key initiative to increase business productivity and social and economic participation for Melburnians.

 “[It] involves a pipeline of city-shaping projects and service improvements that will address major gaps in our freeway, rail and road networks; develop our tram and bus networks; and greatly improve cross-city traffic movements and freight flows.”

 The integrated economic triangle will connect the Hastings-Dandenong corridor with the Hume corridor to the North and the Wydham-Geelong corridor to the South West. The Network will include:

  • an expanded Central City;
  • the Port of Hastings;
  • the East West Link and the North East Link;
  • the Melbourne Metro project that will connect Dandenong and Sunbury;
  • the Outer Metropolitan Ring Road that will connect Geelong and Avalon with the Hume Freight Corridor.

“This network will ensure that people across metropolitan Melbourne will have easier access to Geelong, Gippsland and the Hume Corridor,” Guy said.

 “The transport connections will provide for greater flexibility for people travelling to work and more options for the use of freight in our state.”

 Other key aspects of Plan Melbourne include: 


  • A permanent urban growth boundary will be put in place to curb urban sprawl by distributing population growth to the regions. A “State of Cities” will be created as new major population and employment towns for growth across Victoria. This includes Bacchus Marsh, Ballan, Broadford, Kilmore, Warragul-Drouin and Wonthaggi.


  • At least half of Melbourne’s residential zoned land will be protected from high-rise apartment development with a Neighbourhood Residential Zone.


  • Driving the growth of the City of Melbourne as Australia’s largest jobs hub by 2040 as major new urban renewal precincts including Fishermans Bend, E-Gate and Arden Macaulay begin and Docklands is completed.


  • Implementing the Metropolitan Planning Authority which will play a critical role in managing and delivering Plan Melbourne along with the largest urban renewal pipeline in Victoria’s history. The Authority will be charged with working with local governments, landowners and other stakeholders in delivering many of the initiatives of Plan Melbourne as well as the structure planning of a number of new precincts.