Melbourne Airport and Brimbank council have put pen to paper on a partnership to work on a range of issues.
A number of councillors visited the airport last week where a memorandum of understanding was signed.
Melbourne Airport chief executive Lyell Strambi said he was delighted to officially signify the partnership.
“For Melbourne Airport, this MOU signals a closer partnership with Brimbank,” he said.
“It will create the foundations for us to work more closely with council, and to partner on a broader range of initiatives.”
He said he looked forward to ways the airport could work with the council to enhance the area.
“We recognise the impact the airport has on the community, as a major employer and as a tourism gateway and we are very proud of the contributions that we make to the region, especially in the Brimbank and Hume areas,” he said.
“From our conservation work to investing in education, we are constantly looking at ways to enhance the community in which we operate in and this MOU will form part of our ongoing commitment to local residents and the municipality as a whole.”
One key project promises to be the highly touted airport rail link, which will include a super hub in Sunshine.
Brimbank council has previously called for greater communication on issues affecting the community, such as PFAS in the waterways.
Brimbank mayor Lucinda Congreve said it was an exciting prospect.
“Under this MOU, we’re committed to meaningful engagement on issues that are important to our community, including amenity for local residents, environmental issues, emergency management, and stakeholder engagement,” Cr Congreve said.
“With the Melbourne Airport Rail Link via Sunshine now a certainty – there are also significant opportunities for council and Melbourne Airport to work together to maximise economic, employment and educational outcomes.
“We’re excited about the prospect of working more closely with Melbourne Airport to support the best interests of our community across a range of infrastructure projects and issues.”