City flags flight risks

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Front Page - Bron­wyn Dono­van

DE­SPITE stat­ing its over­all sup­port, the City of Belmont still has con­cerns about con­tam­i­na­tion, light­ing and the im­pact on Mun­day Swamp dur­ing con­struc­tion of Perth Air­port’s third run­way.

In a sub­mis­sion com­ment­ing on the Pre­lim­i­nary Draft Ma­jor De­vel­op­ment Plan (MDP), the City out­lined its con­cerns with sed­i­ment and drainage, pro­posed light­ing and in­fra­struc­ture im­pacts on Mun­day Swamp and the man­age­ment and treat­ment of per- and poly flu­o­roalkyl sub­stances (PFAS), man-made chem­i­cals that have been shown to have ad­verse health ef­fects on hu­mans.

A north­ern main drain re­quired for the third run­way is yet to be con­structed and the City has asked for “clar­i­fi­ca­tion on whether hy­dro­log­i­cal mod­el­ling sug­gested there would be any changes to flow rates and vol­umes ex­it­ing the air­port es­tate be­cause of the pro­posed changes to (these) main drains”.

At its coun­cil meet­ing last week, for­mer coun­cil­lor and Belmont res­i­dent Paul Hitt asked the City ques­tions, which were taken on no­tice, about why sup­port for the MDP was still given con­sid­er­ing the con­cerns raised.

A Perth Air­port spokesman said Perth Air­port, which is one of Belmont’s big­gest ratepay­ers, would work closely with con­struc­tion con­trac­tors to de­velop an ef­fec­tive con­struc­tion en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment plan that would mit­i­gate against en­vi­ron­men­tal and her­itage im­pacts of the New Run­way Project, in­clud­ing the im­pacts on ge­ol­ogy and hy­drol­ogy.

“Ex­ten­sive anal­y­sis and assess­ment has oc­curred in the plan­ning and de­sign to achieve this out­come,” he said.

“Through­out con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion of the new run­way, mea­sures will be ap­plied to man­age her­itage values.”

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