Community Engagement

Perth Airport considers our relationship with the Western Australian community an essential part of our company values. We are committed to long term relationships, working with communities to build an effective working relationship and contributing to a wide range of initiatives.

Throughout the year, Perth Airport undertakes a range of initiatives to achieve effective community engagement on airport matters.

The following groups ensure the community is kept well informed and can provide feedback where appropriate:

Perth Airport Community Forum (PACF), previously the Perth Airport Community Aviation Consultation Group (CACG)
In 2012, Perth Airport established a Community Aviation Consultation Group to ensure the broader community is informed of any major issues and provided with an opportunity for appropriate input.  In 2014, the format was revised and the Perth Airport Community Forum emerged as the preferred model of consultation.  The PACF is independently chaired by the Chair of the Perth Airports’ Municipalities Group, and its role and purpose is to exchange information on issues relating to airport operations and their impacts, and enable issues to be raised and discussed.  The PACF is advertised in Community Newspapers, and community members are encouraged to attend.

Planning Coordination Forum (PCF)

Supports effective engagement between Perth Airport and Commonwealth, State and Local government agencies on strategic planning issues, including land use and aircraft noise impacts.

As an essential touch point for many Western Australians, Perth Airport plays a role in the community through various means, including facilitating travel and employment, and connecting distanced communities. With this in mind, Perth Airport is committed to being actively involved in supporting the community in which we operate through a sponsorship and donation program that provides funding to over 70 organisations each year.

In 2011, Perth Airport made the commitment to invest in grassroots community initiatives, through a Community Partnership Program, where we provide support to local community groups, schools, businesses and organisations in neighbouring communities.

Our community partnerships focus on the following areas:

  • Youth and Education
  • Community and Culture
  • Environment

Perth Airport takes the opportunity to support community programs and sponsorships, resulting in positive, sustainable benefits to communities. If you or your organisation would like to apply for a Community Grant, please download and complete the application form which can be found here.

Here are some recent examples of initiatives which Perth Airport has engaged with the community.

Auctioning items for Princess Margaret Hospital and WASO Hospital Orchestra Project 2014

Perth Airport continues its strong partnership with the PMH Foundation, by donating funds to purchase necessary equipment to assist children and their families. Most recently, we donated a 3D Distraction Unit which is used in the emergency unit to engage young patients and relieve anxiety.

In the past, donations have included a syringe pump and a physiotherapy bench seat to improve the treatment of children in the Intensive Care Unit and those who need physical therapy as a result of spinal injuries and other neurological conditions.

The funds donated are a result of an initiative introduced in 2009. Under the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005, passengers cannot take prohibited items (such as scissors, knives, fishing equipment etc) through Security Screening Areas. Items surrendered in Terminals 1, 2 and 3 are sent to a public auction house and the funds raised are matched by Perth Airport. Following consultation with PMH staff to determine the items they most required,  funds are then used to purchase items through the PMH Foundation.

To date, medical equipment worth nearly $60,000 has been purchased.

In addition, we are pleased to support the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra's (WASO) Hospital Orchestra Project 2014, where membersof WASO and the WASO Chorus entertain young patients and their families at PMH.

WASO and WASO chorus entertain young patients at PMH


Telethon 2014

Perth Airport was delighted to donate $100,000 to this year’s Telethon, which raised a record $25.3 million.

The Channel 7 Telethon Trust is a registered charitable trust dedicated to raising funds to improve the lives of children and young people throughout Western Australia. Its philosophy is to financially support the medical and social welfare of children and young people, and to fund research into children’s diseases.

Perth Airport is proud to support Telethon and looks forward to providing ongoing support into the future. 

Brad Geatches, Chief Executive Officer, Perth Airport  with Channel 7
reporter Angela Tsun discussing Perth Airport's support of Telethon.

Foodbank WA's new warehouse

As the State’s largest food relief charity, Foodbank WA plays a significant role in supporting vulnerable families.

Perth Airport has supported Foodbank WA since 2011 through a popular staff volunteer program and our Community Grants Program has provided a further commitment of $1 million over seven years.

Located on Abbott Road within the Perth Airport estate, Foodbank WA’s new 6,000sqm warehouse facility will enable timely, convenient distribution of food resources. Construction of the warehouse is nearing completion and it will be operational in early 2015.

Click here to learn more about Foodbank WA.

New Foodbank WA warehouse

New Foodbank WA warehouse on the Perth Airport estate

Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards 2014

As the gateway to Western Australia, Perth Airport plays a critical role in supporting tourism in Western Australia.  We are very pleased to again be the naming rights sponsor of the 2014 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards in recognition of the diversity and vibrancy of tourism in our vast State.

These awards recognise tourism excellence and reflect the passion and professionalism of tourism operators in WA.

 Fiona Lander presenting to the Core Cider House

Fiona Lander, Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs presenting the Gold Award to the Core Cider House.


Regional Achievement & Community Awards 2014

For the fourth year, Perth Airport sponsored the Western Australian Regional Achievement and Community Awards, which recognise the valuable contributions that individuals, communities and business make throughout regional and rural Western Australia.

With Perth Airport being the gateway to regional Western Australia, we are again pleased to be sponsoring these important awards.

Click here for more information about the Awards.

Fiona Lander, EGM Corporate Affairs & Organisation Development with winner of Regional Awards, CinefestOz represented by David Barton.

 Fiona Lander, Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs and Organisation Development, congratulates the
2014 Regional Achievement & Community Awards winner, CinefestOz represented by David Barton.



Christmas gifts donated to Foster Care WA - 2014

As part of Perth Airport’s Community Partnership Program, almost 300 staff donated gifts for children who live in foster care across Western Australia. 

The gifts were presented to Director of Foster Care Association of WA, Fay Alford, who said Perth Airport is a good example of how private companies can engage their staff to support the community.

With more than 4,000 children in State care across WA, we are hoping that our gifts will bring some joy to children this Christmas.


Fiona Lander with Fay Alford from Foster Care WA

Fay Alford, Director of Foster Care Association of WA and Fiona Lander, Perth Airport's Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs and Organisation Development.

Annual School Christmas Tree Decorating Competition 2014

Once again, five local primary schools participated in Perth Airport’s 2014 School Christmas Tree Decorating Competition.

Each school was given $200 to contribute towards making the decorations. The students then came to the airport and decorated their Christmas trees, which were put on display in Terminal 3 (T3). Over four weeks the public voted for their favourite tree.

Congratulations to Maida Vale Primary School for winning this year’s competition and $1000  towards craft supplies for the school. 

Maida Vale Primary School with their decorated tree
Talented students from Maida Vale Primary School who won the 2014 Christmas Tree Decorating Competition

City to Surf 2014

Fifty Perth Airport team members along with their family and friends participated in the 2014 City to Surf.

As participants in the City to Surf, Perth Airport supported the Activ Association, one of Western Australia's leading community organisations which have been providing services and support to people with disability since 1951.

Perth Airport team members competing in the 2014 City to Surf. 

Belmont Small Business Awards 2014

The Belmont Small Business Awards recognise the efforts of business excellence and  Perth Airport is proud to be recognised as one of the inaugural sponsors. There were 24 award categories in this year's program with small business entries being accepted from across Western Australia. Perth Airport continued to support two categories, and would like to congratulate Bianca MacDonald, a Perth Airport Gold Coat volunteer, who won the Volunteer of the Year Award, and Kart Koort Wiern winner of the Indigenous Business of the Year Award.

Perth Airport Achiever Awards 2014 - Department for Child Protection

There are over 3,000 children in Perth living in foster care and Perth Airport is proud to be the naming sponsor for these awards. These inspirational awards provide financial assistance to young people, aged 16 to 25 years, who have been in the care of the Department for Child Protection and who are pursuing further education. In 2014 there were 34 winners across three categories and we congratulate all entrants and winners for their impressive achievements.

Recipients of the Perth Airport Achiever Awards with Fiona Lander - Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, Perth Airport.

Ride for Youth - Youth Focus 2014

Perth Airport is a key supporter of Youth Focus – a Western Australian, not-for-profit community based organisation working with young people, aged 12 to 18 years, who are showing early signs associated with suicide, depression and self-harm.

For a number of years, Perth Airport has provided support to Youth Focus and this year we again sponsored a team of five riders who participated in the Hawaiian Ride for Youth event. This event involved the team embarking on a 700-kilometre ride from Albany to Perth, raising funds along the way.          

                         The Perth Airport team with Fiona Lander - Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, Perth Airport.

Autumn Festival 2014

Perth Airport is a proud supporter of the Autumn Festival which is a series of community events taking place within the six councils of the Eastern Metropolitan Region – City of Bayswater, Town of Bassendean, City of Belmont, Shire of Swan, Shire of Mundaring and Shire of Kalamunda, at a variety of locations over a six-week period. Some of the events included the Cycle the Trails of the Hills and the Bickley Carmel Harvest Festival.                                                                                           

Celebrating Book Week 2014

To celebrate Book Week 2014, Perth Airport and Dymocks Children's Charities donated $5,000 worth of new library books to both High Wycombe Primary School and Edney Primary School.

In the past five years, Perth Airport and Dymocks Children's Charities have proudly donated $50,000 to schools to update and expand their library collections with new books of their choice for the benefit of local children.

Perth Airport's Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs and Organisation Development, Fiona Lander,
with High Wycombe Primary School students as part of Book Week 2014.

Perth Airport Helps Local Kids Get New 'Natural' Play Space

Perth Airport was pleased to give the Foothills Information and Referral Service (FIRS), a not-for-profit community organisation, located in Forrestfield, a donation towards building a 'Nature Playground', as part of the Community Partnership Program.

The playground is made of recycled elements and has been carefully designed to give young children the opportunity to get in touch with the outside world.

Hon Donna Faragher MLC, Cr Sue Bilich, FIRS' secretary Noreen Townsend, Perth Airport's Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs and Organisation Development Fiona Lander,

Nathan Morton MLA and Hon John Day MLA at the playground's official opening.

Forrestfield Primary School's Kitchen Garden

Forrestfield Primary School applied for funding to develop their school kitchen garden, with funds going towards purchasing garden equipment and even feed for their chickens. The students are passionate about their garden and the project is helping them to understand team work and the importance of nutrition.

Children from Forrestfield Primary School show Fiona Lander - Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs,
Perth Airport around their kitchen garden.

Collection boxes for United Way

Six collection boxes are located in Terminals 1, 2 and 3 to raise vital funds for United Way. Small change donations from travellers provide a big change for others as the funds raised are assigned through United Way WA's Grants Program. Funds raised paid for a free Healthy Cooking program in the community, to encourage parents to explore health food options for young families.

Participants in the United Way Healthy Cooking program.


Legacy Australia collection - 2014
Perth Airport provided Legacy Australia the opportunity to collect donations at Domestic Terminals 2 and 3. Eight Legacy representatives were well received by passengers and visitors, raising valuable funds for the charity. Legacy Australia is a charity providing services to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service.

Legacy collection in Terminal 3 2014
Legacy Australia collecting donations in Perth Airport's Terminal 3

Conservation Walk Trail

A conservation walk trail is open to the public near the International Terminal at Perth Airport. The trail is 900 metres long, takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and provides visitors with an overview of the flora and fauna that can be found on the Perth Airport estate. Located on Tarlton Crescent, just off Horrie Miller Drive, the walk trail features a viewing platform, boardwalk and a gazebo with seating which overlooks a constructed wetland.

Click here to view of a map to assist in finding the Conservation Walk Trail.


Kwenda Marlark conservation walk trail at Perth Airport.

Conservation Walk Trail at Perth Airport.

Annual Schools Planting

Perth Airport has been inviting school children to participate in the annual Schools Planting program since 2006. Each year, school groups are invited to visit over a one week period, planting more than 10,000 native seedlings in permanent conservation areas. A representative from the Department of Environment and Conservation – Aboriginal Heritage Unit and an Eco-education Officer attend each day to provide further information on Aboriginal culture and heritage.

Children participating in the Perth Airport Schools Planting Week 2014.

Partnership Agreement 

In 2009 Perth Airport, the traditional owners and other Aboriginal Elders entered into an historic Partnership Agreement, to engage in good faith, for the ongoing development of Perth Airport and Aboriginal cultural heritage and reconciliation. The Agreement provides the foundation for the parties to discuss airport planning issues, while also proving direct financial support through community sponsorships and tertiary scholarships.  Perth Airport established a program to award $90,000 of tertiary Indigenous scholarships over five years to students at Edith Cowan University.

City of Belmont Art Awards 2014

Perth Airport was proud to continue our support of the 2014 Belmont City Art Awards.The winning artwork for the Acquisitive Prize, was Bushland by Naomi Grant.

NAIDOC Week celebrations

Each year Perth Airport celebrates NAIDOC Week and in 2014 Perth Airport was proud to display Indigenous artwork within Terminal 2. Brochures were distributed to visitors to the Terminal which acknowledged the traditional custodians, the Noongar people, and our appreciation of the connection that local Indigenous elders have to the land which the Perth Airport estate is located.     

Artwork acquired by Perth Airport for NAIDOC Week 2014 -  'When I walked long way with my family' by Biddy Timbanah.