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 (LINK) 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.
Essendon Air Traffic Control Tower
In accordance with section 341S of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), we are developing a management plan to protect and manage the Commonwealth Heritage values of our air traffic control tower at Essendon Airport.
Essendon Tower is of historical significance for its association with a major programme undertaken in the 1950s by the Australian Government in developing standardised air traffic control facilities across Australia. The Commonwealth Environment Minister included the control tower in the Commonwealth Heritage List on 24 November 2015.
Under 341S (6) (b) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, Airservices invites comments on the draft heritage management plan from members of the public.
How to participate:
The consultation period is open from 14 October to 14 November 2016.
Comments may be submitted via post or e-mail to the following:
Property and Facilities Services
Locked Bag 747
Eagle Farm QLD 4009
For further information please contact Mick Le Riche, Property and Facilities Services, Airservices on (07) 3866 3888.