Issued Wednesday 5 July 2017
The Victorian Government has been urged to give serious consideration to a $7 billion proposal to build a regional airport in Melbourne's south east.
The call from the City of Casey, echoed by neighbouring Cardinia Shire, follows media reports that an investor is preparing to present its plan for Melbourne's third major airport to the government next week.
City of Casey Mayor Councillor Sam Aziz said after decades of discussing the project, the time had come to get on and build it.
"Modelling done in 2013 suggested an airport in the region would see more than five million passenger movements, generate an estimated $120 million in turnover and create as many as 3,000 jobs," Cr Aziz said.
Council supported an urgent business motion raised by Cr Aziz at Tuesday's Council meeting.
Council also called on the next State Government to urgently upgrade the regions transport infrastructure, in particular arterial roads and passenger rail.
The motion foreshadowed a major community led advocacy campaign to be launched by Council in the lead up to the next State Election.
Its aim is to force the next State Government to end decades of neglect, and spend billions of dollars on transport infrastructure.
"The regions road arteries are clogged and our rail link to the city is crammed to capacity. It's time for both sides of politics to commit to Casey and invest in our transport infrastructure."
Cr Aziz said around $2 billion of investment was needed to upgrade the municipality's arterial road network and billions more was needed to extend and duplicate the rail line through Cranbourne East and Clyde to the proposed airport.
"Council will be relentless in pursing the investment our community deserves. Both sides of government are on notice - ignore us at your peril."