The precise boundaries of the new airport have not yet been defined but the land acquisition is expected to affect about 70 families.
The Cabinet decision was announced in Canberra yesterday by the Minister for Civil Aviation (Senator Paltridge) who said Essendon, in due course, would be unable to handle Melbourne’s growing air traffic.
70 Homes Affected by new Airport
But most will not move for years
Of about 70 families whose homes will be affected by the decision to build Melbourne’s new airport at Tullamarine only 12 are likely to move in the near future.
The others will be able to remain in their present homes for some years, and it may by 15 years before they have to move.
The Minister for Civil Aviation (Senator Paltridge) indicated this today.
However, he said, the properties had to be acquired now to protect areas for future expansion of airport facilities.
The type of airport to be built and its priority in the Federal airport works program would be determined by Cabinet after it had received a further report from a special inter-departmental committee.
Tullamarine had been decided on because it me the exacting safety and other requirements of modern airport design.
Development of the airport there meant that it would not be necessary for the several thousand employees of the aviation industry already established in the Essendon airport neighborhood to move their homes and families to another area.
There would be very little effect on private land subdivision.
The plan had been carefully coordinated with the Victorian town planning authorities to avoid interference with housing schemes.
Avoids Collision Hazard
“Tullamarine is the only site within reasonable distance of Melbourne that avoids completely the hazard of collisions caused by overlapping traffic patterns, especially those for military and civil aircraft,” Senator Paltridge said.
He emphasised that when private property was to be resumed all care would be taken to meet the convenience of those affected.
“I have no hesitation in giving an assurance that these residents will receive fair, reasonable and sympathetic treatment,” he said.
“Already there is some encouraging evidence that most of the land and home owners in the area desire nothing more than that.
“Even so, it must be clearly understood that in no circumstances will the precise boundaries be disclosed in advance of the direct negotiations necessary to inform those property owners who will be directly concerned in the Government’s acquisition of land.
“To do so would be to give an ‘open cheque’ at the expense of the tax payers to any land speculators who might inflate values for their own unearned gain.
“On the other hand,” Senator Paltridge continued, “while asking property owners in the general area of the Tullamarine site to be reasonably patient, I assure them that those responsible for the acquisition of such land as will be required will act with all the expedition possible.”
Senator Paltridge added that the basalt deposits in the Monee Ponds Creek area, valuable not only to their owners but to the community generally, would not be affected by the selection of the airport site.