Flight path noise win for local suburbs
BUT RELIEF FOR BELMONT, LATHLAIN
NEARLY 10,000 homes will be newly affected by night-time aircraft noise when Perth Airport’s third runway opens, according to proposed flight corridors currently out for public comment.
Mapping shows suburbs to the east and south/southeast of the airport are the most likely to be newly exposed or experience an increase in aircraft noise.
But areas to the west and southwest – including Lathlain and Belmont – are the most likely to experience a decrease 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.
A Perth Airport spokeswoman said they were working on maintaining as many of the current flight paths as possible to minimise new flyover 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 and 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.”
The new runway is due to become operational between 2023 and 2028.
The final flight path design will start about three years out from the day of opening of the new runway.
The 60 working-day community consultation period ends August 24.
This map shows which suburbs will be exposed to more noise because of the new runway.