Brace for noise im­pact

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Brookes

NEARLY 10,000 homes will be newly af­fected by night-time air­craft noise when Perth Air­port’s third run­way comes on­line, ac­cord­ing to pro­posed flight cor­ri­dors out for pub­lic com­ment.

Map­ping shows sub­urbs to the east and south/south­east of the air­port are the most likely to be newly ex­posed to or ex­pe­ri­ence an in­crease in air­craft noise.

Amongst the hard­est hit are parts of For­rest­field, High Wy­combe, South Guild­ford and Wat­tle Grove, which could ex­pe­ri­ence up to 200 ex­tra noise events each day. Other sub­urbs likely to face an in­crease in noise in­clude parts of Swan View, Green­mount, Dar­ling­ton, Glen For­rest, He­lena Val­ley, Can­ning Vale, Guild­ford, Caver­sham and West Swan.

Ar­eas to the west and south­west are the most likely to ex­pe­ri­ence a de­crease in air­craft noise, in­clud­ing parts of Queens Park, Can­ning­ton, Lath­lain, Bel­mont.

Hills res­i­dent Bree Don­ald­son said the changes would ruin the quiet life­style sought by many.

“Last year my hus­band and I built our first home in Dar­ling­ton be­cause we wanted a peace­ful, nat­u­ral, out­doors life for our young fam­ily,” she said.

“When I re­ceived the flight path in­for­ma­tion letter from Perth Air­port last week I al­most tossed it in the bin be­cause it looked like junk mail.

“If I hadn’t opened it I would have been to­tally un­aware of the po­ten­tial im­pact on our sub­urb.

“I’m scared this is­sue is go­ing to go un­no­ticed and call on ev­ery­one who is pos­si­bly im­pacted to make their ob­jec­tion heard loud and clear to stop our com­mu­nity be­ing ru­ined by air­craft noise.”

A Perth Air­port spokeswoman said they were work­ing on main­tain­ing as many of the cur­rent flight paths as pos­si­ble to min­imise new over-fly ar­eas.

“Ac­tual flight paths have not been de­ter­mined. How­ever, a draft airspace man­age­ment plan has been de­vel­oped which out­lines pro­posed flight cor­ri­dors for Perth Air­port once the new run­way is op­er­a­tional,” she said.

“New flight paths will be de­vel­oped and will change the dis­tri­bu­tion of air­craft noise around the Perth area; some will have new or more noise and some will have less.

“We have writ­ten to more than 300,000 res­i­dents who live in ar­eas sur­round­ing the air­port or in sub­urbs un­der flight cor­ri­dors, our team have been out about in shop­ping centres, lo­cal council venues, com­mu­nity events and we have opened a new Air­port Ex­pe­ri­ence Cen­tre.

“We want the com­mu­nity to un­der­stand what th­ese changes mean and how they can voice their opin­ions.”

Mrs Don­ald­son said it was dif­fi­cult to find and in­ter­pret in­for­ma­tion on Perth Air­port’s web­site.

“Try­ing to find rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion is tricky and seems to be con­tra­dic­tory,” she said.

“What res­i­dents want to know is why they are propos­ing to fly air­craft over their sub­urb, the pre­dicted num­ber of air­craft move­ments each day, noise lev­els and flight height so they can re­spond to this pro­posal and ob­ject if they wish.

“I have so many ques­tions and I was told by staff at the New Run­way In­for­ma­tion Booth at Swan View Shop­ping Cen­tre that I had to go to the air­port to get more in­for­ma­tion, which for a mother of three is quite a chal­lenge.”

The new run­way is due to be­come op­er­a­tional be­tween 2023 and 2028. Pub­lic com­ment ends Au­gust 24.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

A plane fly­ing over Dar­ling­ton.

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