Environment

At Moorabbin Airport we’re committed to building a strong and vibrant aviation, industry and business community while managing and developing the airport in an environmentally responsible way.

We have developed a number of systems and programs are in place to manage environmental issues on Airport. We have undertaken numerous investigations and undertaken substantial works to improve and protect the environment both on and surrounding the Airport.

Environmental strategy

Environmental strategy

The development of an Airport Environment Strategy is an obligation under the Airports Act 1996 and the Airports (Environment Protection) Regulations 1997.

The Airport Environment Strategy is required to identify the airport lessee company’s (Moorabbin Airport Corporation) objectives for environmental management at the airport, the sources of environmental impact associated with airport operations and describe the environmental management strategies and actions the airport will implement over the five years of the Strategy. It is the central management tool used to ensure ground-based activities at the Airport are managed in a manner that minimises the environmental impact on the environment of the airport as well as its surroundings.

The Airport Environment Strategy is reviewed every five years with extensive public consultation undertaken as part of the review.

View the current Airport Environment Strategy in Chapter 10 of the Moorabbin Airport 2015 Master Plan.

Environmental management

Our approach to environmental management

The Airports Act 1996 and the Airports (Environment Protection) Regulations 1997  require airport operators to prepare an Airport Environment Strategy identifying sources of environmental impact associated with airport operations, and outlining the strategies and actions to be implemented to manage the identified impacts. We have identified business operations, our own and our tenants, new developments and aircraft operations have as the key sources of environmental impact at Moorabbin Airport.

The Act and the Regulations also require operators of leased airports to address how they will manage air quality, water and soil quality, noise, heritage matters, the use of natural resources and greenhouse gas emissions.

Find out more information below on managing:

  • Our business operation impacts
  • Tenant business operation impacts
  • Airport development impacts

Managing our business operation impacts

We have developed an Environment Management System to manage the environmental risks associated with our own business. The key risks associated with all of our operations have been identified and procedures have been developed to manage those risks in consultation with our staff.

To ensure that our procedures are effective in controlling the risks we have identified we undertake an environmental audit of our facilities and operations each year.

Managing tenant business operation impacts

Environmental Site Reviews are undertaken to identify and monitor risk associated with operator activities and facilities at the Airport.

Tenants are categorised into three tiers on the basis of their potential environmental risk. Assesment of risk is based on the nature of their operations and past performance.

  • Tier 1 - potential for significant environmental risk
  • Tier 2 - potential for moderate environmental risk
  • Tier 3 - potential for minimal environmental risk.

Environmental audits

  • Tier 1 and 2 tenants must conduct annual environmental audits. These audits may be conducted by the tenant (self-audit), however, every second year, in the case of a Tier 1 tenant and every third year for a Tier 2 tenant, the audit must be conducted by an independent auditor.
  • Tier 3 tenants are subject to environmental inspections at least every 3 years.

Most Tier 1 and Tier 2 tenants also have an Environment Management System or Environment Management Plan. All tenants who have been assessed as having operations with significant or moderate environmental risks are encouraged to develop an Environmental Management Plan to manage those risks.

Development impacts

Managing on airport development impacts

All new developments at Moorabbin Airport are subject to a Development Approval (DA) and Building Approval process. The DA is undertaken by Moorabbin Airport Corporation (MAC) while Building Approval is undertaken by the Airport Building Controller (ABC).

We have a comprehensive Development Approval process to ensure proposed developments are in keeping with our Master Plan and the objectives of our Airport Environment Strategy, as well as meeting the highest building and environmental standards.

All new developments complete an assessment of environmental effects to help us to identify the environmental issues associated with the proposed development. We use this to determine whether further environment investigation is needed and to identify the environmental controls we need in place on the proposed development.

Before developments can proceed they must also satisfy the Public Consultation guidelines developed by the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development & Cities.

Developments that are approved require a Construction Environment Management Plan (CEMP). This document identifies the environmental risks associated with construction of the proposed development and the management strategies that will be used to manage these risks. During construction we monitor activity on the building site to ensure that these management strategies are effective.

Under the Airports Act 1996, certain types of development known as “major airport developments” require the preparation and approval of a Major Development Plan (MDP). The Airports Act 1996 defines what constitutes a major airport development. Such developments are subject to environmental assessment including public consultation require Ministerial approval prior to commencement.

Incident reporting

Reporting enviromental incidents

From time to time incidents occur which have potential to cause environmental harm. The manner in which such incidents are managed will determine the level of environmental harm that occurs. This is why we recommend all airport operators to prepare a response strategy for the most common environmental risks associated with their operations.

Report all incidents

Please report all environmental incidents to Moorabbin Airport Corporation (MAC) so we can assess whether further action is required to avoid or minimise the environmental impacts of the incident. We also review the information received to determine if we can improve our performance to avoid or minimise similar incidents in the future.

When you report an incident we’ll need to know WHAT, WHEN and WHERE:

  • What happened?
  • When did it happen?
  • Where did it happen?

Types of environmental incidents airport operators should report

  • Soil pollution (contamination) – caused by chemical, paint, oil or fuel spills and sometimes by inappropriate disposal of metal filings or sand blasting wastes
  • Water pollution – caused chemical, paint, oil or fuel spills but also by directing aircraft or vehicle wash water to stormwater drains
  • Air pollution – caused by emissions of noxious or hazardous vapours from industrial processes or chemical storage facilities, but also includes the generation of significant quantities of dust
  • Noise pollution – caused by abnormally loud or long sustained noise, most often associated with aircraft engine running in inappropriate locations on the airport
  • Illegally dumped materials – includes dumped materials of any type.

Immediately report spills of fuel and oil greater than 5 litres to the Airport Safety Officer on 0428 058 295.

All other incidents can be reported to MAC Administration on 03 8587 8000.