Brisbane Airport Will Keep Queensland Open for Business

Media Release

WT040/2014

19 March 2014

Queensland will be open for business 24/7 with the federal government announcing that the state's main gateway—Brisbane Airport—will not be subject to a restrictive night time curfew.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss made the announcement at the Tourism and Transport Forum Leadership Summit in Canberra today, accepting the recommendation of the Brisbane Airport Curfew Review Steering Committee not to impose a curfew at the airport.

“It is not the disposition of this Australian Government to impose additional regulatory burdens on industry,” Mr Truss said.

“On the contrary, we have committed to reducing the red and green tape cost burdens on the Australian economy by $1 billion per year.

“Having considered all of the submissions, the overwhelming preference is for Queensland to stay open for business without impediments and, in this case, without airbrakes.

“The Queensland government, local government and industry are united in opposing a curfew, which would have a significant impact on the economy of Brisbane and the state of Queensland.

“Despite neighbourhood environmental arguments in favour of a curfew, the government agrees with the Curfew Committee that night time restrictions at Brisbane Airport would not significantly mitigate aircraft noise impacts on Brisbane residents.

“The nearest house is more than six kilometres from the runway centreline, double the buffer around Melbourne Airport and 10 times the buffer of Sydney, Cairns, Adelaide and Coolangatta.

“Nevertheless, I have urged Brisbane Airport Corporation to continue its community consultation and noise management efforts, particularly in developing its 2014 Master Plan and in the lead up to the delivery of the new parallel runway.”