Perth Airport Noise
Aircraft Noise Insulation Scheme
I have been standing up for local residents affected by aircraft noise since 2008 when flight paths were changed without adequate consultation with local residents.
As part of my work on this issue I have been vocal in pushing for an aircraft noise insulation scheme for affected residents, similar to the programmes that have previously operated in Sydney and Adelaide.
The Sydney and Adelaide schemes involved a small levy being applied to landing aircraft at these airports and the proceeds being used to improve noise insulation measures in the homes most affected by aircraft noise in these cities. Some of these measures included double glazing and reverse cycle air-conditioning.
The Sydney Airport noise insulation programme was established in 1995 to ameliorate the impact of aircraft noise following the opening of the third runway. Residential properties in the Australian Noise Exposure Index (ANEI) 30 contour and public buildings (schools, churches, day care centres and hospitals) in the ANEI 25 contour were eligible for assistance under the programme.
In 2000, an equivalent programme was established for Adelaide Airport. Residential properties in the ANEI 30 contour and public buildings (schools, churches, day care centres and hospitals) in the ANEI 25 contour were eligible for assistance under the programme.
These programmes are now closed and all eligible residential properties have had the opportunity to be insulated.
There is a strong argument that the people in Perth should expect access to similar federal programmes on noise amelioration as the people in Sydney and Adelaide.
This argument has attracted support from many local residents and has been received positively by local commentators, including The West Australian.
The aircraft noise issue remains one of my key areas of focus for the electorate of Swan and I am always working on the issue with local residents, community groups and in Canberra.
Night time aircraft noise respite trial
We managed to secure the night time noise respite trial.
During the trial, departures between 10pm and 5am using runway 21 continued further south before turning, providing respite to river suburbs such as Wilson, Manning and Salter Point.
The trial was active between 15 February and 6 March; and between 21 March and 10 April 2016 and the data is now being analysed.