Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

PERTH Air­port's plan to build a new par­al­lel run­way at Perth Air­port is now open for pub­lic com­ment.

While it is true a new run­way would shift some of the noise prob­lems fur­ther east and on to other suburbs, the 06/24 run­way aligned with cen­tral Bel­mont is likely to re­main open and be nec­es­sary for use in strong east­erly or west­erly winds.

Much of the pres­sure to build the new run­way has come from the min­ing in­dus­try want­ing to ex­pe­dite FIFO air­craft move­ments.

Or­di­nary pas­sen­gers will be pay­ing for the new run­way, but whether a FIFO sys­tem that de­nies the re­gions their fair share of de­vel­op­ment and which clearly puts heavy strains on fam­ily life should re­ceive pop­u­lar support is ques­tion­able.

The con­struc­tion of the pro­posed run­way would re­sult in the de­struc­tion of hun­dreds of hectares of ir­re­place­able bush­land and wet­lands and leave a great deal of wildlife with nowhere to live.

Any ma­jor ex­pan­sion of air­port in­fra­struc­ture for Perth should oc­cur away from the city to avoid the se­vere air­craft noise im­pacts and the loss of nat­u­ral her­itage the con­struc­tion of a new run­way would in­evitably bring. KEVIN MCLEAN, Red­cliffe

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