Flight risk for Hills

Midland Reporter - - Front Page - Sarah Brookes

SWAN View res­i­dent Peter White­hurst says home­own­ers will be ex­posed to un­ac­cept­able lev­els of air­craft noise if Perth Air­port pro­ceeds with pro­posed flight cor­ri­dors for its new run­way.

Mr White­hurst said un­der the plan, all jet air­craft would take off from the new run­way, ex­pos­ing Belle­vue, Green­mount, Swan View and the Hills to more noise.

Mr White­hurst said air­craft depar­tures head­ing north should be based on Perth Air­port’s 2009 Mas­ter­plan to lessen the im­pact on ur­ban res­i­dents.

“The plan re­leased for com­ment in­di­cates the ma­jor­ity of all north­ern air traf­fic take­offs will be di­rected over Belle­vue, Koongamia, Green­mount and Swan View and a small num­ber of turbo prop air­craft over Bush­mead, He­lena Val­ley, Boya and Darlington,” he said.

“This is con­tra­dic­tory to Perth Air­port’s Mas­ter­plan 2009 where the flight tracks for the new run­way are clearly in­di­cated as air­craft tak­ing off and climb­ing over Hazelmere and Mid­land, and then turn­ing east over the ru­ral ar­eas of Mid­dle Swan and Red Hill.”

A Perth Air­port spokes­woman said the new run­way’s draft airspace man­age­ment plan was based on the 2014 Mas­ter­plan.

“The plan con­sid­ers cur­rent oper­at­ing pro­ce­dures and in­ter­na­tional safety stan­dards, as well as ef­fi­ciency, eq­ui­table use of airspace and en­vi­ron­men­tal fac­tors,” she said.

Wat­tle Grove res­i­dents called for Perth Air­port to stag­ger flights more ef­fi­ciently to re­duce the need for a third run­way.

Ten­z­ing David said al­ter­na­tives should be in­ves­ti­gated with mod­el­ling show­ing on a typ­i­cal week­day in 2025 Wat­tle Grove could ex­pe­ri­ence up to 143 depar­tures in a 24-hour pe­riod.

“There are long-term health risks for peo­ple liv­ing un­der the flight path, in­clud­ing re­search that con­stant ex­po­sure to high lev­els of noise can lead to hy­per­ten­sion, hear­ing im­pair­ment, heart prob­lems and sleep dis­tur­bance,” he said.

“Un­der the draft plan, noise lev­els in Wat­tle Grove are ex­pected to be be­tween 70 to 80 deci­bels, which is deaf­en­ing.

“Why doesn’t the Air­port ne­go­ti­ate with re­source com­pa­nies to stag­ger the work­force sched­ul­ing and de­ploy­ment re­quire­ments through­out the week? Al­ter­na­tively, why not con­sider an ex­clu­sive new run­way cater­ing for the re­sources in­dus­try?”

The Perth Air­port spokes­woman said the in­tro­duc­tion of a peak pric­ing sys­tem in 2013 to man­age the num­ber of air­craft want­ing to op­er­ate in the morn­ing peak pe­ri­ods had lit­tle im­pact on sched­ul­ing.

The new run­way is sched­uled to be­come op­er­a­tional be­tween 2023 and 2028.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d485553

Peter White­hurst tests sound lev­els over his prop­erty in Swan View.

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