Perth Air­port run­way ex­ten­sion

Ellenbrook Advocate - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Dono­van

PERTH Air­port’s walk­through ex­pe­ri­ence cen­tre is giv­ing in­ter­ested peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to dis­cover more about Perth’s planned third run­way.

All the plans for the run­way ex­pan­sion project at the air­port are on pub­lic dis­play at the ex­pe­ri­ence cen­tre.

It has be­come a fo­cal point of ef­forts to con­vince peo­ple about the fu­ture need and tim­ing for a par­al­lel run­way, par­tic­u­larly those wor­ried about the prospect of in­creased air­craft noise in res­i­den­tial sub­urbs brought about by in­creased flight num­bers and new or changed flight paths.

The ex­pe­ri­ence cen­tre in­cludes a vis­ual dis­play of pro­jected flight path sce­nar­ios, charts and maps, as well as an in­ter­ac­tive au­dio area where peo­ple can hear and com­pare air­craft noise lev­els ex­pected to be ex­pe­ri­enced in af­fected sub­urbs.

With six weeks re­main­ing in the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod for the run­way plan, Perth Air­port chief ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Brown main­tained only a small mi­nor­ity so far had ex­pressed con­cerns.

Noise in­creases were their main worry.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate this is a new project; peo­ple will be con­cerned about it and they just want to know what it means for them,” he said.

“In many cases res­i­dents had feared the worst, but once the project had been ex­plained, went away feel­ing more com­fort­able.”

With the chance for peo­ple to have their say about the plan open un­til Au­gust 24, the ex­pe­ri­ence cen­tre is open to the pub­lic six days a week, in­clud­ing week­ends and evenings.

The Perth Air­port run­way ex­pan­sion project has been planned for more than 40 years and has been re­flected in statu­tory pub­lic plans since 1985.

Mod­el­ling shows a new run­way to run par­al­lel to the main run­way could be needed and com­pleted be­tween 2023 and 2028.

Flight paths pro­posed are not set and form part of the cur­rent op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to pro­vide feedback, which will be tabled for the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s con­sid­er­a­tion. Park­ing at the site is free.

Perth Air­port chief ex­ec­u­tive Kevin Brown at the ex­pe­ri­ence cen­tre.

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