Airservices recognises its responsibility to protect the value of Australia’s natural and cultural heritage in sites under its ownership and control, in keeping with its existing environmental commitments.
Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, Airservices is required to identify places that are likely to have Commonwealth heritage values, as listed in the Commonwealth Heritage criteria.
Airservices has developed a Heritage Strategy to ensure the organisation meets its obligations under the act. The organisation also keeps a publicly-accessible heritage register identifying equipment or sites under Airservices ownership or control that have potential or known Commonwealth heritage value. These include air traffic control towers, airport fire stations, radio navigation aids, flight service centres and radar facilities.
Airservices currently sponsors the Civil Aviation Historical Society, which runs the Airways Museum at Essendon Airport. For many years, Airservices has collected and preserved a range of equipment related to its business such as air traffic control consoles, radomes, fire trucks and navigation aids. This collection is managed and preserved in the Airways Museum and, while largely historical in content, it houses equipment that may help illustrate Commonwealth heritage values of Airservices places.
To improve public access to Australia’s aviation history and contribute to its conservation, Airservices has joined with University of Canberra in a project called Connecting the Nation: Australia’s Aviation Heritage. This project will bring together dispersed sources of aviation history into a single, digital portal.
Bankstown Airport Air Traffic Control Tower – Draft Heritage Management Plan
INVITATION FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
Airservices Australia’s air traffic control tower at Bankstown Airport is of significance to Australia for demonstrating the principal characteristics of control towers of the post-World War II era (Commonwealth Heritage List criterion D). The Commonwealth Environment Minister included the control tower in the Commonwealth Heritage List on 24 November 2015.
In accordance with section 341S of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), Airservices is developing a management plan to protect and manage the site’s Commonwealth Heritage values.
Under 341S (6) (b) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, Airservices Australia invite comments on the draft heritage management plan from members of the public. A copy of the plan can be viewed here.
How to participate:
The consultation period is open from 14th February 2018 to 14th March 2018.
Comments may be submitted via post or e-mail to the following:
Noise and Environment Team
GPO Box 367, Canberra ACT 2601
For further information please contact Paul Zissermann, Acting Team Leader, Noise and Environment on +61 2 6268 4090.