Accusations fly over runway
Airport rejects pamphlet ‘misinformation’
PERTH Airport has accused a City of Canning councillor of spreading “misinformation” about its proposed new runway.
Councillor Jesse Jacobs distributed 50,000 leaflets to residents in the City of Canning encouraging them to comment on the airport’s draft Major Development Plan before public consultation closes on August 24.
The leaflets said the proposed new runway would involve moving the current cross-runway and pointing it towards suburbs such as Welshpool, Queens Park, Cannington and Ferndale.
Cr Jacobs said he was disappointed the City of Canning had been singled out by the airport and said he believed keeping the current cross-runway would be in the airport’s best interests.
“I am not anti-development of Perth Airport, but I am against the airport singling out our area of Canning for decades of sound bombing,” he said.
“I propose that Perth Airport, for the sake of the project, seriously consider keeping the cross-runway and study the Sydney model, which stipulates that the cross-runway is used at least 19 per cent of the time.”
However, a Perth Airport spokeswoman delivered a rebuke to Cr Jacobs.
“Perth Airport provided a special briefing on the full details of the project to the City of Canning in May. Cr Jacobs did not attend this briefing,” she said.
“His comments are based on a fundamental misunderstanding of the proposed project. No decision has been made on the future of the cross-runway.
“Cr Jacobs’ views are not supported by the independent consultants’ report commissioned by the City of Canning at his request.
“We also welcome the City of Canning recently distancing itself from the misinformation contained in a flyer distributed by Cr Jacobs.”
The City of Canning made a statement on its Facebook page confirming it was not involved in production of the pamphlets.
In response, Cr Jacobs said he had a clash of commitments on the night of the special briefing and as the City of Canning council representative to the Perth Airports Municipalities Group felt he was wellinformed of the developments.