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 Aviation Consultation Group (CACG)
Perth Airport has established a Community Aviation Consultation Group (CACG) to ensure the broader community is informed of any major issues and provided with an opportunity for appropriate input. The CACG has an independent Chair and the CACG’s role and purpose is to exchange information on issues relating to airport operations and their impacts, and enable issues to be raised and discussed.
Perth Airports Municipalities Group (PAMG)
Perth Airports Municipalities Group (PAMG) provides ongoing input and advice to Perth Airport on behalf of communities. PAMG brings together representatives of local councils and regions where residents have an interest in Perth’s metropolitan airports. This forum has provided an invaluable insight into the view of local residents, as well as assisting to keep councils informed of airport developments.
Perth Airport Aircraft Noise Management Consultative Committee
The purpose of the Perth Airport Aircraft Noise Management Consultative Committee (PAANMCC) is to contribute to the successful management of aircraft noise impact at Perth Airport. Membership comprises of Federal Members of Parliament representing electorates impacted by aircraft noise, state government agencies and community representatives. For more information on noise managment at Perth Airport please click here.
Our community partnerships focus on the following areas:
- Youth and Education
- Community and Culture
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
Perth Airport continued its strong partnership with the PMH Foundation, by donating funds to purchase equipment to assist children and their families.Recently a syringe pump and a physiotherapy bench seat. This equipment will 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 at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 are sent to a public auction house and the funds raised are matched – dollar for dollar – by Perth Airport. Following consultation with PMH staff to determine the items they most required, all funds are then used to purchase items through the PMH Foundation.
To date medical equipment worth more than $35,000 has been purchased.
Brad Geatches, Chief Executive Officer, Perth Airport visits PMH to view some of the medical equipment purchased with funds raised from the auction of surrendered items.
Perth Airport was delighted to donate $25,000 to this year’s Telethon, which raised a record $16,805,622.
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 pleased to commence a partnership with Telethon, and looks forward to a stronger involvement next year.
Gift Wrapping for Princess Margaret Hospital
A big thank you to the eight Perth Airport team members who volunteered their time to assist at the Christmas Gift Wrapping Service. This activity supports the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, which is the official fundraising body for Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. In return for a gold coin donation, our team members wrapped presents and participated in this important activity to raise vital funds for the Foundation.
Perth Airport team members wrapping Christmas presents for PMH.
Christmas Presents Delivered to UnitingCare West
Thanks to the generosity of Perth Airport team members, more than 220 Christmas gifts were delivered to the Minister for Community Services, the Hon Robyn McSweeney MLC, who has promoted a gift drive for charity UnitingCare West.
Perth Airport’s presents, along with others donated by individuals and companies, have been d
elivered to disadvantaged children around WA this Christmas. UnitingCare West, with the help of Santa delivers thousands of gifts and hampers to families each Christmas
The drive aims to collect presents for children aged up to 16 years of age and, with continued help from our team members, we intend to provide Christmas donations each year.
Children with Fiona Lander - Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, Perth Airport looking at presents donated to UnitingCare West at Chirstmas.
Annual School Christmas Tree Decorating Competition
This year, five primary schools participated in the Perth Airport 2012 School Christmas Tree Decorating Competition. Each school decorated a Christmas tree which will be on display at the International Terminal until early January 2013.
The public then voted for their favourite tree with the winning school receiving a $2000 voucher for use at a leading book store or art supplier. This year's competition winner was Bassendean Primary School.
Christmas Trees decorated by local schools on dispay at the International Terminal.
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea
Perth Airport is a proud supporter of the Cancer Council WA and for the past four years has participated in Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. This year Perth Airport raised $2000 for the Cancer Council WA. Perth Airport is looking forward to continuing to participate in Australia's Biggest Morning Tea.
Australia's Biggest Morning Tea at Domestic Terminal 3.
City to Surf 2012
Thirty Perth Airport team members along with their family and friends participated in the 2012 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 2012 City to Surf.
Belmont Business Awards
The Belmont Business Awards recognise the efforts of business excellence. 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, the Indigenous Business of the Year Award and Volunteer of the Year Award.
Winner of the Indigenous Business of the Year Award - Deadly Divas Clothing, with Fiona Lander - Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, Perth Airport.
2012 Regional Achievement and Community Awards
For the first year, Perth Airport sponsored the Regional Achievement & Community Awards, which are supported by The West Australian Regional Newspapers. Approximately 400 guests attended the gala event including many politicians, mayors, Shire Presidents, other sponsor organisations and finalists, to celebrate the wonderful achievements of many of regional and rural Western Australia’s highest achievers and community groups.
The Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival won the inaugural Tourism & Events Awards, and is an annual event run solely by volunteers. The festival promotes and showcases the horticultural, aquaculture and agricultural industries of the region.
Winners of the inaugural Tourism & Events Award, The Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival with Fiona Lander - Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, Perth Airport.
Polytechnic West Student Awards
Perth Airport is proud to continue its support of the Polytechnic West Student Awards by sponsoring the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year Award in 2012. This year William Ramsey, from East Kimberley, was fortunate to win the award as well as the overall Geoff Gale Award. These awards recognise the academic achievements of students and provide financial assistance to those who have achieved high standards during their training.
Perth Airport Achiever Awards 2012 - 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 2012 there were 24 winners across three categories and we congratulate all entrants and winners for their impressive achievements.
Recipients of the Perth Airport Achiever Awards with Hon. Robyn McSweeney MLC Minister for Child Protection and Fiona Lander - Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, Perth Airport.
Ride for Youth - Youth Focus
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 four riders who participated in the Hawaiian Ride for Youth event. This event involved the team embarking on a 650-kilometre ride from Albany to Perth, raising funds along the way.
The Perth Airport sponsored Youth Focus Ride for Youth cycling team arriving in Perth in 2013, and being met by Fiona Lander - Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, Perth Airport.
Perth Airport was 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.
Perth Airport team members enjoying the City of Belmont's Autumn River Festival.
Multicultural Food Fair
Perth Airport sponsored the City of Gosnells’ Multicultural Food Fair which was held at Langford Oval, Langford. This hugely popular annual event showcased the diversity of our community through dance, music, costume and food and brings community members together. The Food Fair puts into action the best principles of community development, harmonious communities and the active promotion of multiculturalism. The City of Gosnells is a culturally diverse community with more than 71 different multicultural groups and more than 80 languages spoken.
Wear Pink Day
Perth Airport team members wore an item of pink clothing and held a morning tea to raise funds in support for Breast Cancer Awareness month. Perth Airport matched the funds raised for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which assists in the prevention, research and support networks for individuals and families impacted by breast cancer.
Approximately 13,000 Australians are affected by breast cancer each year and almost everyone has been touched by this disease in some way.
Perth Airport team members raising funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
RAC Freeway Bike Hike - Asthma Foundation
Perth Airport team members along with their family and friends participated in the annual RAC Freeway Bike Hike for Asthma. This event saw some of our team members' cycle 70km from Mandurah or Joondalup along the freeway, finishing at Langley Park.
Celebrating Book Week
In celebration of Book Week 2012, Perth Airport has granted funds to two primary schools to replenish their library. Dawson Park Primary School and Caversham Primary School have received books to the retail value of $7500. These books were provided in partnership with Dymocks Childrens’ Charities and were presented to the schools during Book Week 2012.
In previous years Tranby Primary School and Guildford Primary School were fortunate to be the recipient of books under this initiative.
Bernie O’Hara - Principal, Dawson Park Primary School, Brad Geatches Chief Executive Officer, Perth Airport and children from Dawson Park Primary School celebrating Book Week 2012.
A representative from Dymocks, Fiona Lander - Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, Perth Airport and children from Caversham Primary School celebrating Book Week 2012.
Redcliffe Primary School Receive Funds for Outdoor Climbing Frame
Redcliffe Primary School received funds toward building an outdoor children’s climbing frame. This new play area enabled the school to participate in the Nature Play WA Passport which is a joint initiative between the departments of Sport and Recreation; and Environment and Conservation and the passports were a valuable tool in getting more kids outside in unstructured play more often.
Terry Waldron MLA Minister for Sport and Recreation and Fiona Lander - Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs,
Perth Airport opening the outdoor climbing frame area at Redcliffe Primary School.
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 at the Domestic and International Terminals 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.
Mission Australia's Christmas Day Lunch
Each year Perth Airport provides support to Mission Australia's Christmas Day 'Lunch in the Park' for those in the community less fortunate.
Cabbie of the Year 2012
Perth Airport was proud to once again sponsor the annual Taxi Driver of the Year award which is arranged by the Taxi Council of Western Australia, the peak industry body in WA. The award celebrates and acknowledges the best taxi drivers in the industry as nominated by their passengers. Drivers are recognised for good deeds and excellent service above and beyond the call of duty.
Perth Airport provided Legacy Australia the opportunity to collect donations at the Domestic Terminals. 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 Australia collecting donations at Perth Airport.
Perth Airport display at Perth Royal Show
Perth Airport will again participate in the 2012 Perth Royal Show and will be located in the Conservation and Landcare Pavilion. The event is a great opportunity to meet people from the community and talk about some of the fantastic conservation work undertaken on the airport estate.
Perth Airport display at the Perth Royal Show 2012.
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.
Conservation Walk Trail at Perth Airport.
Annual Schools Planting
Perth Airport has been inviting school children to participate in the annual Schools Planting program for more than five years. Each year 14 school groups are invited to visit over a two 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 2013.
Click here to link to a dedicated educational component on the Perth Airport website, which enhances children's environmental and cultural education. The site provides educational modules for teachers, and an opportunity to subscribe to Captain's Crews News, a quarterly, children's newsletter focused on the environment at Perth Airport.
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
Perth Airport was proud to continue our support of the 2012 Belmont City Art Awards in two categories; acquisitive Aboriginal Artist Award and non-acquisitive Emerging Aboriginal Artist Award. The winning artwork for the acquisitive Aboriginal Artist Award was, Bullant by Lesley Lee.
NAIDOC Week celebrations
Each year Perth Airport celebrates NAIDOC Week, and in 2012 Perth Airport was proud to display Indigenous artwork within International Terminal 1. Information cards were also distributed to visitors to the International Terminal - T1 and Domestic Terminal - T3, which included an image of the piece of artwork purchased by Perth Airport - see below. The information card also acknowledged that Noongar activity in the Perth Airport dates back 38,000 years, and as a company, we appreciate the connection that local Indigenous elders have to the land which the Perth Airport estate is located.
Red Kangaroo Spirit Dreaming artist, Krocette (David Prior) with Brad Geatches, Chief Executive Officer, Perth Airport.
This artwork was purchased by Perth Airport in celebration of NAIDOC Week 2012.