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, whereby we can give 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

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 visits PMH

 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 $100,000 to this year’s Telethon, which raised a record $20.7 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 continuing this relationship over the coming years.

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

Regional Achievement & Community Awards
For the third year, Perth Airport is sponsoring 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 the Perth Airport Events and Tourism Award.

Click here for more information about the Awards.

Winner of the 2013 Events and Tourism Award

 Fiona Lander, Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs and Organisation Development, congratulates the
2013 Events and Tourism Award winner, the Busselton Festival of Triathlon

Gift Wrapping for Princess Margaret Hospital
A big thank you to the six 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 gifts donated to Foster Care WA
Perth Airport team members generously donated nearly 300 presents to children in care this Christmas through the Foster Care Association of WA.

The gifts were presented to Child Protection Minister Helen Morton. There are about 4000 children under the care of the Department of Child Protection and Family Support, most of who live with foster carers or relative carers.

Perth Airport is proud of its annual gift drive, now in its second year. Last year, team members donated over 200 gifts to UnitingCare West, who delivered them to disadvantaged children in Western Australia.

The Hon Helen Morton, Minister for the Department of Child Protection and Fiona Lander, Perth Airport's Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs and Organisation Development are helped by Kate and Zeike to keep an eye on all the gifts.

Annual School Christmas Tree Decorating Competition

Five local primary schools participated in Perth Airport’s 2013 School Christmas Tree Decorating Competition last December. Each school decorated their Christmas tree before they were put on display in Terminal 2 (T2) for the public to vote for their favourite tree.

Congratulations to Middle Swan Primary School for winning last year’s competition and winning a $2000 arts and craft voucher.

Christmas trees decorated by local schools on dispay at Terminal 2 (T2).
Christmas trees decorated by local schools on dispay at Terminal 2 (T2). 

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
The Belmont Small Business Awards recognise the efforts of business excellence. The Awards celebrated 20 years in 2013 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 Murlpirrmarra Connection for winning the Indigenous Business of the Year Award and Esther Roadnight for winning the Volunteer 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
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
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.                                               

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.                                               

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.

BUPA Freeway Bike Hike - Asthma Foundation
Perth Airport team members along with their family and friends participated in the annual 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
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.

Foodbank WA

As the State's largest food relief charity, Foodbank WA sources donated and surplus food, and distributes it to approximately 600 welfare and community agencies who, in turn, provide food assistance to individuals and families in need.

Perth Airport volunteers regularly visit Foodbank WA's warehouse to arrange food and fresh produce ready for welfare agencies to collect and distribute to people all over Western Australia.

Perth Airport has supported Foodbank WA since 2011 through a staff volunteer program, as well as a commitment of $1 million over seven years to support their work in the community. 

Click here to learn more about Foodbank WA.

Perth Airport team members lending a hand to Foodbank WA.

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.

Cabbie of the Year 2013
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.  

Legacy Australia
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. 

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 for more than five years. Each year, 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 2014.

Education website
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.

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 
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.