Townsville Airport operates under the Airports Act 1996 and Airports (Environmental Protection) Regulations 1997 (administered by the Federal Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government).
The current Townsville Airport Environment Strategy (AES) was approved in early 2010. It identifies how Townsville Airport Pty Ltd (TAPL) will meet its environmental obligations under the Airports Act 1996 (the Act) and describes the environmental responsibilities of Airport operators.
Townsville Airport is a joint user airport, comprised of three areas; the Military Area, Civil Area and Joint User Area. The Department of Defence controls the Joint User Area and the Military Area, which is operated as a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base. TAPL obtained a lease over the Civil Area in 1998 for 50 years with an option for a further 49 years. This AES has been developed for the area leased by TAPL.
Townsville Airport will develop and operate the Airport in an environmentally responsible and ecologically sustainable manner and address community standards and needs. Townsville Airport and its staff will:
- Develop, Manage, Maintain and Operate our facilities to achieve compliance with statutory environment requirements.
- Endeavour to prevent pollution entering the Air, Soil and Water
- Protect the biodiversity of the Townsville Airport lease area
- Aim for continuous improvement in our activities, especially in the areas of waste management and resource usage.
- Lead and educate its customers in minimising waste generation and environmental impact.
- Actively promote this policy and Townsville Airport’s environmental achievements to the community.
- Actively participate in regional planning and environmental improvement actions to ensure Airport activities are considered.
- Encourage an environmentally responsible culture amongst Townsville Airport employee’s and tenants
- Annually review this policy
- Regularly review its environmental objectives and targets to improve environmental performance.
Wildlife Hazard Management Plan
The purpose of the Townsville Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Plan (the Plan) is to minimise the risk of bird and wildlife strike to aircraft operating at Townsville Airport.
Townsville Airport is responsible for bird and wildlife management on the joint user areas and as such has compiled this Plan for the use of both military and civil operators at Townsville Airport.
During the past decade, the rate of bird and wildlife strikes at Townsville Airport has ranked significantly with other Australian airports. The most significant attraction to birds is the wetland habitat at and surrounding the airport to the west and north. The airport also lies in foraging sites. Townsville Airport and its surrounds supply birds with:
- Food and water sources
- Roost and nest sites
- Thermals created by the heat of the runway
This Plan outlines the numerous defence and civil aircraft safety regulations as well as the environmental legislation that applies to bird and wildlife management.
The implementation of this Plan is based on the following four facets of bird and wildlife management:
A Townsville Airport Bird Management Committee has been formed to provide a forum for this Plan and the tasks and responsibilities of its members are outlined.
The Plan also details the numerous strategies employed to manage bird and wildlife hazards on airport. These include research and trials undertaken by Townsville Airport and DoD to better understand what attracts birds to the airport, improve ways to harass them from the airport, and attempt to find a solution to deter them from the airport.
There is no one single management strategy to eliminate the bird and wildlife strike hazard at Townsville Airport. However, using the framework set out in this Plan and with the assistance of all stakeholders we can be sure of providing a comprehensive methodology for the long term reduction of bird and wildlife hazards on the airfield.
Queensland Airports Limited
Our parent company Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) has a holistic approach to environmental sustainability. We want to ensure our business efficiency meets our visitor and community expectations and that, where practical, our environmental management practices go beyond legislative compliance. QAL has embarked on a program of addressing the twin challenges of sustainability (responding to global challenges such as climate change) and business efficiency (in light of rising costs and stakeholder expectations) across the Group.
For more information on QAL’s environmental sustainability visit www.qldairports.com.au