#Perth Airport’s third runway clears hurdle, sparks immediate Noongar backlash

A Jetstar plane takes off from Perth AirportPerth Airport’s expansion plans have cleared a major hurdle, putting a decades-old proposal for a third runway a step closer to reality.

But Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt’s decision to grant Aboriginal heritage approval for the runway sparked an immediate backlash, with Noongar groups angry about the impact on a nearby sacred site.

The new airstrip, which is unlikely to be operational for about a decade and still has some hurdles to clear before it can proceed, will be constructed in part on Munday Swamp and will run parallel to the existing main runway.

Munday Swamp is an ancient turtle-fishing site deemed to be of high cultural importance to the Noongar community.

via Perth Airport’s third runway clears hurdle, sparks immediate Noongar backlash – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)