En­vi­ron­men­tal ap­proval granted for F- 35A planes

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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.

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