Planning & Environment

Master Plan

The Essendon Airport Master Plan is a 20 year plan that outlines the development strategy and planning controls for the airport.

The contents of an airport Master Plan are prescribed in Section 71 of the Airports Act 1996. Under the Act, Essendon Airport must prepare a new Master Plan every 5 years to guide the development of the airport for the next 20 year period.

Essendon Airport's Master Plan 2013 outlines the direction and vision of Essendon Airport for the period 2013 to 2033, with the aim to create more jobs, increase community benefit and provide a greater vision for the next 20 years.  Further details are also provided on future land use, development proposals and environmental impacts including noise. 

The Master Plan was approved on 23 April 2014 by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon Warren Truss MP. 

The Master Plan can be downloaded free of charge from the links below while the plan remains in force.

From 4 July 2014, printed copies of the Master Plan are also available for inspection or purchase by members of the public from the office of Essendon Airport Pty Ltd, Level 2, 7 English Street, Essendon Fields from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday while the plan remains in force.



In developing the Master Plan, Essendon Airport Pty Ltd (EAPL) advertised a preliminary draft for public comment for a period of 60 business days from 4 September 2013 to 28 November 2013.

During the public comment period, EAPL participated in two information sessions to allow the community to examine and discuss the preliminary draft Master Plan during the consultation process. The first Community Information Session was an exhibition hosted by EAPL and held on Wednesday 25th September 2013 at Essendon Airport Terminal. Attendees were able to view key details of the preliminary draft Master Plan and discuss with EAPL Management.

The second information session was hosted by Moonee Valley City Council (MVCC) on Wednesday 23rd October 2013, at Strathmore Bowls Club. Following a presentation by MVCC, EAPL CEO Chris Cowan and General Manager Aviation Graeme Ware participated in a Community Question & Answer Session.

Thank you to all our community, industry and other stakeholders who made submissions throughout the public comment period. In accordance with the Airports Act 1996, EAPL gave due regard to all written comments received.