An Airport Residents' Association was formed 20 years ago to
address the concerns of the City of Kingston
residents affected by Moorabbin
President continues to attend the Moorabbin Airport Consultative Committee meetings to
present the views and concerns of the association and the community.
The outcomes have not been encouraging. Now more than ever the
community is profoundly compromised by the commercial interests of
Moorabbin Airport aviation and forced to accept substandard ethical
practice as well as a general lack of concern for the rights of
the third parties on the ground.
Some of the concerns are:
The Moorabbin Airport is located in a densely built-up suburban
area. There have been a number of 'near miss' incidents such as
the aircraft crash in August, 2008, (after mid-air contact with another
aircraft) which narrowly
missed a Primary School and fell onto a home garage in the middle of suburban
Cheltenham. Had the second plane also crashed, the outcome would have
Another was in August, 2010 when a plane crashed into a Mordialloc backyard. Police said the
four-seater Cessna clipped the roof of a house and then crashed into another
house at 240 Lower Dandenong Rd.
It caused extensive damage and brought down powerlines before coming
to a stop in the backyard. Police said it was lucky no one was home at the
time. The plane ran out of fuel before crash landing.
POLLUTION - The detrimental effect
of incessant noise has a negative impacted on
enjoyment of life, both inside and outside homes, has diminished
the ever-busier nature of flight training, helicopter
and commercial flights. Despite appeals to all levels of
Government little consideration has been given to environmental protection.
UNCONTROLLED AND UNREGULATED LAND DEVELOPMENT – MAC (the Moorabbin Airport Corporation - the property developer which has the lease on the airport) is
not subject to ANY Local or State Laws and
Regulations. . THEY ARE THEIR OWN PLANNING AUTHORITY.
Over the term of their
lease huge areas of Airport land have been developed as
factories, warehousing, office space and shopping centres. (for example CostCo and DFO is on
Airport land.) This uncontrolled building has made the airport less safe
because there is little land for emergency landings. This is a legacy the residents and other local businesses
must endure, whatever happens to the airport in the future.
Moorabbin Golf Course which was situated along the eastern and
of Airport land (very close to the runways). It was cleared
all trees in preparation for another large and profitable
No other developer would be allowed to do this. The Golf Course was developed 40 years
ago on Commonwealth Aircraft land by the local council as an area of recreation
for the residents. When the land was leased to MAC by the Commonwealth,
no provision to retain the Golf Course was made. A community group was unsuccessful in
appealing to the Commonwealth Government to overturn the actions of the airport corporation.
have been a
possibility at the Airport for several years. Paul Stoddard
start his own Jet airline some time ago; fortunately the plan did not
eventuate. There are other proposals, another being one by Aviation
Syndication Partners (WASP). The
use of the Airport for 60 and 100-seater jets would make a bad situation worse
A report of a Task Force on the future of Circuit Flying at Moorabbin
(again at the Federal Minister’s behest) which was chaired by MAC and attended
by Moorabbin Airport stakeholders (including the Moorabbin Airport Resident's Association President and the Dingley
Village Community Association was compiled and presented to the Minister but there were no meaningful outcomes.
We urge people to get involved.
Doing nothing and just complaining about noise and safety
is not defensible or reasonable. You have to be heard and
you have to be persistent.