FLY RUNWAY OUT
PERTH Airport's plan to build a new parallel runway at Perth Airport is now open for public comment.
While it is true a new runway would shift some of the noise problems further east and on to other suburbs, the 06/24 runway aligned with central Belmont is likely to remain open and be necessary for use in strong easterly or westerly winds.
Much of the pressure to build the new runway has come from the mining industry wanting to expedite FIFO aircraft movements.
Ordinary passengers will be paying for the new runway, but whether a FIFO system that denies the regions their fair share of development and which clearly puts heavy strains on family life should receive popular support is questionable.
The construction of the proposed runway would result in the destruction of hundreds of hectares of irreplaceable bushland and wetlands and leave a great deal of wildlife with nowhere to live.
Any major expansion of airport infrastructure for Perth should occur away from the city to avoid the severe aircraft noise impacts and the loss of natural heritage the construction of a new runway would inevitably bring. KEVIN MCLEAN, Redcliffe