Steve Irons MP Federal Member for Swan

Noise trial back on

Media Release. February 9 2016

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Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons has been pursuing improvements to Perth aircraft noise and today welcomes Airservices Australia’s decision to reinstate a night time noise respite trial in Perth from 15 February.

Mr Irons criticised Airservices Australia last year after it cancelled a publicly announced trial before it had even begun.

Mr Irons met with Airservices after that announcement to convey the sentiments of the people of Swan and said he would fight to have a trial reinstated.

Airservices reassessed its decision and a trial will now go ahead over two blocks between 15 February and 10 April:

15 February – 6 March: Validation flights will occur between 10pm-5am.
7 March – 20 March: All flights will follow existing flight paths.
21 March – 10 April: Validation flights will occur between 10pm-5am.

During the trial, night time departures to the south will continue much further on the southward heading instead of banking west over the river suburbs, providing some likely respite to Cannington, Wilson, Waterford, Karawara, Manning and Salter Point.

Airservices Australia will set up noise monitors at several points along the proposed trial flight path to obtain baseline noise readings, then re-route some aircraft to use this flight path to collect actual noise level readings.

Mr Irons said it was good news for the electorate of Swan which is affected by aircraft noise.

“This trial will show what can be done to improve the sharing of that noise in Perth” Mr Irons said.

“I welcome the reinstatement and hope that Airservices Australia will use the findings to meet the community sharing aspirations into the future.”

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