Fight over flight

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Gri­er­son

RES­I­DENTS against a new flight cor­ri­dor over their homes have launched their own com­mu­nity aware­ness cam­paign this week.

The Stop the New Flight Cor­ri­dor Ac­tion group in Dar­ling­ton formed af­ter res­i­dents re­ceived an air­port mail-out.

Group co­or­di­na­tor Wendy Kozak said the no­ti­fi­ca­tion made no men­tion of a new flight cor­ri­dor north­east of the air­port and re­ferred read­ers to a web­site.

An on­line search of a 1000-page doc­u­ment showed a new flight cor­ri­dor for plane depar­tures up to 19 times daily on week­days and sev­eral week­end flights over a 24-hour pe­riod.

The planes would fly over Boya, Dar­ling­ton, Glen For­rest, He­lena Val­ley, Ma­hogany Creek and Mun­dar­ing.

“This of course is just a pro­jec­tion and there could be many more flights as time goes on, as the cor­ri­dor would be per­ma­nent for many gen­er­a­tions,” Ms Kozak said.

“Im­pacts to the com­mu­nity would be im­mense, with air­craft noise so loud it would pitch to a point where some­one would be un­able to hear a per­son shout­ing next to them.

“A very dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence to the cur­rent high-fly­ing, oc­ca­sional ar­rival flights we may see cross over at high al­ti­tude.”

How­ever, an air­port spokes­woman said claims of “many more flights” were in­cor­rect.

“Mod­el­ling shows that by 2045 there would be up to 22 flights per 24-hour pe­riod with an av­er­age of 11 per day – an in­crease of up to three flights per day,” she said.

Ms Kozak said Mun­dar­ing Shire coun­cil­lors, who sit on the run­way project com­mit­tee, last week said they were un­aware of the new flight cor­ri­dor.

“Res­i­dents are mostly con­cerned about noise in­ter­rup­tions to school ac­tiv­i­ties, hy­dro­car­bon fall­out and the im­pact on tourism,” she said. “The draft plan had no in­for­ma­tion on air­craft type, flight heights, ground noise lev­els or the time of over­head flights over the area.

“Mod­el­ling is still be­ing fi­nalised for the new flight cor­ri­dor and this gives the com­mu­nity a chance to make a dif­fer­ence.”

The Stop the New Flight Cor­ri­dor re­search is pub­lished on the group’s so­cial me­dia page.

New cor­ri­dors are part of a plan to add a third run­way be­tween 2023 and 2028.

The air­port spokes­woman said about 100 peo­ple vis­ited a re­cent air­port expo in Dar­ling­ton, one of more than 20 in Perth.

She said the con­sul­ta­tion process pro­vided in­for­ma­tion on the flight cor­ri­dors.

“It’s im­por­tant to note that flight paths (as op­posed to flight cor­ri­dors) will be de­signed by Airser­vices Aus­tralia (a Fed­eral gov­ern­ment agency) three years prior to the com­mence­ment of op­er­a­tions on the new run­way,” she said.

She said noise from an ex­ist­ing flight cor­ri­dor al­ready im­pacted some north­east­ern sub­urbs.

Con­tact: stopthe­flight­cor­ri­dor@gmail.com.

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