Flight path noise win for lo­cal suburbs

BUT RE­LIEF FOR BEL­MONT, LATHLAIN

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Brookes

NEARLY 10,000 homes will be newly af­fected by night-time air­craft noise when Perth Air­port’s third run­way opens, ac­cord­ing to pro­posed flight cor­ri­dors cur­rently out for pub­lic com­ment.

Map­ping shows suburbs to the east and south/south­east of the air­port are the most likely to be newly ex­posed or ex­pe­ri­ence an in­crease in air­craft noise.

But ar­eas to the west and south­west – in­clud­ing Lathlain and Bel­mont – are the most likely to ex­pe­ri­ence a de­crease 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.

A Perth Air­port spokes­woman said they were work­ing on main­tain­ing as many of the cur­rent flight paths as pos­si­ble to min­imise new fly­over ar­eas.

“Ac­tual flight paths have not been de­ter­mined. How­ever a draft Airspace Man­age­ment plan has been de­vel­oped which out­lines pro­posed flight cor­ri­dors for Perth Air­port once the new run­way is op­er­a­tional,” she said.

“New flight paths will be de­vel­oped and will change the dis­tri­bu­tion of air­craft noise around the Perth area – some will have new or more noise and some will have less.

“We have writ­ten to more than 300,000 res­i­dents who live in ar­eas sur­round­ing the air­port or in suburbs un­der flight cor­ri­dors; our team have been out and about in shop­ping cen­tres, lo­cal coun­cil venues, com­mu­nity events and we have opened a new Air­port Ex­pe­ri­ence Cen­tre.

“We want the com­mu­nity to un­der­stand what th­ese changes mean and how they can voice their opin­ions.”

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

The fi­nal flight path de­sign will start about three years out from the day of open­ing of the new run­way.

The 60 work­ing-day com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod ends Au­gust 24.

This map shows which suburbs will be ex­posed to more noise be­cause of the new run­way.

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