Irons asks for muf­fler on noise

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS - Sarah Brookes

WA Lib­eral MP for Swan Steve Irons will con­sider re­new­ing calls for the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to im­ple­ment an air­craft noise in­su­la­tion scheme for res­i­dents in suburbs af­fected by flight paths as part of Perth Air­port’s plans to build a third run­way.

The air­port is cur­rently hold­ing com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion on the new run­way ahead of seek­ing Fed­eral ap­proval for the project.

Un­der the pro­posed flight cor­ri­dors, nearly 10,000 homes will be newly af­fected by night- time air­craft noise, with map­ping show­ing suburbs to the east and south/ south­east of the air­port the most likely to ex­pe­ri­ence an in­crease in air­craft noise.

Amongst the hard­est hit are parts of For­rest­field, High Wy­combe, South Guild­ford and Wat­tle Grove, which could ex­pe­ri­ence up to 200 ex­tra noise events each day.

Mr Irons said air­craft noise in­su­la­tion schemes had op­er­ated at other air­ports in Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing Ade­laide and Syd­ney.

“I will be rais­ing the prospect of an air­craft noise in­su­la­tion scheme as part of the re­view and will con­tinue to sup­port af­fect- ed res­i­dents,” he said.

“I strongly en­cour­age my con­stituents to get on board and have their say in this very im­por­tant re­view process.”

Last month in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Mr Irons put for­ward a pri­vate mem­ber’s mo­tion where he noted a 2010 Se­nate in­quiry found there was in­ad­e­quate com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion prior to changes to flight paths in Perth in 2008.

“Perth Air­port must take into ac­count all the sub­mis­sions re­ceived and ad­vise the Fed­eral Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port on how it pro­poses to ad­dress any is­sues raised dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion process,” he said.

“Perth Air­port, as part of the con­sul­ta­tion process, has al­ready writ­ten to 300,000 res­i­dents, briefed lo­cal gov­ern­ment and is do­ing a num­ber of com­mu­nity ex­pos and shop­ping cen­tre vis­its.

“You can go to www.newrun­way.com.au, which pro­vides di­rec­tions on how to make a sub­mis­sion.”

A Perth Air­port spokes­woman said it was com­mit­ted to con­sid­er­ing all pub­lic sub­mis­sions to the New Run­way Project Ma­jor De­vel­op­ment Plan.

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