Ac­cu­sa­tions fly over run­way

Air­port re­jects pam­phlet ‘mis­in­for­ma­tion’

Canning Times - - NEWS - Ben Smith

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.

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