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    Community Aviation Consultation Group

    The Melbourne Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group (CACGMA) works collaboratively to achieve broad community engagement on airport planning, development and operations, and their impact. It provides advice regarding communication, consultation and engagement to Melbourne Airport and other stakeholders.  

    In particular, its role is to: 

    1. provide a forum: 
    1. for community members and organisations to raise issues and express opinions regarding Melbourne Airport, particularly with regard to planning, development and operations; and 
    1. for dissemination of information regarding Melbourne Airport, to complement measures employed by airport management and processes required to satisfy statutory obligations; 
    1. identify current and emerging trends in respect of community opinion relating to Melbourne Airport; 
    1. stimulate the interest of the local population in the development of the airport; 
    1. collect and analyse feedback from the community regarding Melbourne Airport; 
    1. report with recommendations to airport management regarding community perceptions and concerns relating to Melbourne Airport; and 
    1. review and discuss any other community-related issues, and engage with the appropriate organisations regarding these as needed. 

    The CACG has no authority to direct others and its function does not replace statutory or established communication and consultation mechanisms employed by the various parties it works with.

    Meet our CACG Members

    CACG community members

    Kim Jordan

    Kim has been the CACG chair since 2019. She is a consultant in community engagement, social research and organisational change, often in the transport and energy sectors. Before that, Kim was an air traffic controller and first Vice President Communication of the controllers’ union. She is a member of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). Kim believes people generally want the best for their community and embrace change – but they are afraid of loss. With this as the starting point, potential change or conflict becomes an opportunity, not a challenge.

    Contact: [email protected]

    Community members

    Susan Jennison

    Susan Jennison is passionate about the Keilor community and has a strong interest in preserving its heritage. Susan was awarded the Order of Australia Medallist (OAM) in 2005, and has been instrumental in saving a number of significant landmarks throughout the municipality including Overnewton Gatehouse, the Old Shire Hall and the Keilor Village Library. Susan has worked on a number of community committees and re CACG since the beginning in 2011.  In respect to CACG she has always been interested in promoting better communication systems between Airservices and local residents re noise pollution (air traffic issues) and health related reporting from Melbourne Airport. Her qualifications include B.A.,Gr.Dipl.Inf.Serv., M.A.(History).

    Contact: [email protected]

    Fred Ackerman

    Fred Ackerman lives in Taylors Lakes and has served as community member of CACG since 2017. Fred’s background is in education including teacher, school principal, president of the Victorian Principals Association and a senior manager in the Education Department. Fred has extensive experience on committees and as a company director. Living close to the Melbourne Airport, Fred has a keen interest in the Airport including: planning, environment, noise, traffic, passenger experience and employment. Fred believes that Melbourne Airport must at all times strive to be a good neighbour and that the work of CACG is criticality important to this goal. 

    Contact: [email protected]

    Matt Faubel

    Matt is actively involved in several community groups in inner Melbourne, with a focus on maintaining and enhancing residents’ quality of life. He has had an extensive career in public policy and urban development, holding senior positions with government instrumentalities in Australia, working on the public/private sector interface and delivering major development projects. Matt’s international work has included advising governments on urban policy and development, as a consultant and as an executive with a global NGO in Paris. Matt also consults internationally as a strategic policy and development adviser to governments and assists a number of not-for-profit organisations in Australia and in Asia.
    Contact: [email protected]

    David Cleland

    David is a Mechanical Engineer who has spent most of his working life as Chief Executive of large enterprises including road safety products, water and water treatment products, high tech electronics, building and automotive glass and large electric motors. More recently David has had Non-Executive Director roles including ASX listed companies. David has a strong interest in the aviation industry and is President of the Beaufort Gliding Club and owns his own plane. He is a member of the Greenvale Facebook community group.

    Contact: [email protected]

    Maggie Baron

    Maggie has worked for many years across transport, economic development, environmental management and heritage and planning. She has been a member of many Planning Panels and Advisory Committees.  All that experience means she’s well aware of communities’ passion for their local places, and that they should be involved in planning for the future. 

    Michael Canny

    Michael is the owner and manager of Quest Hotel at Melbourne Airport. He hears feedback on a daily basis of the experience travellers have at the airport, as well as being well connected with other businesses both on the airport and those providing supporting services in the wider area. 

    Margaret Giudice

    Margaret is a former Brimbank councillor and still lives in the area. She also has extremely strong connections with the Italian community across wider Melbourne and is currently on the Italo-Australian Social Club Board.  She is also President of Club Italia in St Albans.

    Henry Lam

    Henry speaks Mandarin and Cantonese and is a certified Chinese translator. He works in the higher education sector as an advisor with a focus on strategic international engagement. Henry lives in Sydenham and attended one of the airport’s recent focus groups which reinforced his view that the community should be involved in the airport’s planning. He is keen to use social media and his community connections to spread the word. 

    Jim Laussen

    Jim has been Principal of Overnewton College since 2001. He has worked with the airport in the past through discussions on building design, planting and master planning for both of the school’s two campuses. Jim has an extensive network through the school community – many of whom also work at the airport or in businesses that are related to airport operations; and also with other schools in the area. Jim’s original qualifications include Environmental Science and Geography with a particular focus on town planning.

    Irene Stokes

    Irene has lived in Keilor for the past 25 years, and operates a business in Deer Park. Prior to that, she has worked in local government and in senior management in private industry. 

    Irene is an incoming Board member of the Essendon Rotary Club and is the President of the Brimbank Ratepayers and Residents Association. She has an extensive community network both online and in person. 

    Jane Waldock

    Jane has worked in transport planning and sustainability in local government for many years. She is a civil engineer by trade. Jane is currently the Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Transport Forum which provides her with excellent linkages to the 26 metro councils who are members of the MTF. 

    Fonda Zahopoulos

    Fonda is a board member of Overnewton Anglican Community College as well as chair of the Capital Projects Committee, which is a committee to the board. He is a project management consultant in building and infrastructure. Fonda’s connections through the school community and the building industry give him a wide network through which he can encourage involvement in airport planning.  Fonda also has strong connections with the Greek Orthodox and wider local Greek community. 

    Victorian Trades Hall Council

    Liz Beattie

    Liz is a former Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Victorian Parliament. Liz was elected to the seat of Tullamarine with Melbourne Airport in her electorate. In 2000, Liz was appointed Chair of the Steering Committee to refresh the Melbourne Airport Environs Strategy plan. An outcome of this was the introduction of the Melbourne Airport Environs Overlay, a high level planning control. In 2007, legislation was introduced into the Victorian Parliament to enshrine the MAEO into the statutes and was supported by all parties. Liz has an active interest in aviation and the future of airports.

    Local Government

    Brimbank Council
    Catherine Hunichen

    Melton Council
    Steve Finlay

    Moonee Valley Council
    Petrus Barry

    Petrus is Manager, Planning and Building at Moonee Valley City Council with more than 30 years’ Local Government experience in Australia and abroad. He has extensive experience in statutory planning, policy, enforcement and governance with significant involvement in legal aspects, including as a specialist witness in High Court appeals and Planning Tribunal advisor. Mr Barry holds a Bachelor’s degree in Town and Regional Planning, Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Honours degree in Demography and is a full member of the Planning Institute of Australia. Petrus has been involved in CACG and the previous Noise Abatement Committee since 2016.

    Hume Council


    Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
    Airservices Australia
    Department of Infrastructure
    Virgin Airlines

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    CACG Annual Reports