Environmental approval granted for F- 35A planes
Lydia Kellner THE final environmental impact statement for flying operations of the F- 35A Joint Strike Fighter aircraft has been approved, following its release this week by the Department of Environment.
Officer Commanding 81 Wing, Group Captain Phil Gordon, said the air force welcomed the approval and conditions.
“The development of the environmental impact statement is an important process and supports Defence’s honest and open approach to addressing aircraft noise and other environmental considerations for communities living near air force bases,” he said.
GPCAPT Gordon said the air force was committed to implementing the conditions of the report.
“In accordance with proval conditions and EIS apexisting RAAF Aircraft Noise Management Strategy, aircraft noise management plans for the F- 35A will include regular monitoring, public reporting and community consultation,” he said.
“We look forward to continuing to work with the Department of Environment and the community to minimise the environmental impacts.”
The EIS was approved with four core conditions. They include requirements to implement noise management plans in accordance with the RAAF Aircraft Noise Management Strategy as well as ongoing monitoring and public reporting of aircraft noise measurements around F- 35A operating bases.
For more information on the EIS process, visit f35evolution. com. au/ or phone 1800 830 205.