Protests won’t stop new suburb
THE WA Planning Commission (WAPC) is determined to push ahead with redevelopment of the former Rosehill Golf Course, despite opposition from Perth Airport and nearby residents.
The key decision to rezone the old golf course from ‘rural’ to ‘urban’ was gazetted recently.
The WAPC has reduced the size of the development from 46.05ha to 41.2ha so homes are not in a zone where aircraft noise is higher than the Australian Noise Exposure Forecast level of 25, the very limit of acceptability for residential developments.
Noahs Rosehill Waters manager Sandra Klarich said homes would set a new building standard in terms of noise abatement and energy efficiency.
She said the 150 people who had already expressed interest in the estate was evidence of the public’s acceptance of the estate’s proximity to the airport.
But Perth Airport’s chief executive Brad Geatches disagreed and stressed the main runway was only 2.3km away.
“It is simply not in the public interest that this development has been approved when it is so close to Perth Airport’s main runway and the new runway, which will be constructed in the near future,” he said.
“While we acknowledge that the minister has imposed some strong conditions on the development, this is further evidence to suggest that the residences will be significantly impacted by aircraft noise immediately after they are built.”
Guildford Association president Peter Stephenson said the decision was particularly disappointing in light of increased airport noise over the Guildford area since May this year.
“Airservices Australia is trialling some changes and we’ve found more planes are coming over the northern areas like Guildford and further up,” he said.
Airport boss says it is silly to build under a flight path.