Protests won’t stop new sub­urb

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Opinion -

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.

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