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First Aircraft Noise Ombudsman appointed.



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MINISTER FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORT

FIRST AIRCRAFT NOISE OMBUDSMAN APPOINTED

The Gillard Labor Government has announced the appointment of Ron Brent as the nation’s first independent Aircraft Noise Ombudsman.

The creation of the Ombudsman is an important initiative first flagged in the Aviation White Paper which I released last December.

The new position will give communities around airports a better opportunity to follow up issues and complaints about aircraft noise, and will improve public information on the impacts of noise from aircraft operations. The position will be funded by Airservices Australia.

Mr Brent brings extensive experience to the role having been Deputy Commonwealth Ombudsman since 2003 and recently acting as Commonwealth Ombudsman.

He will take up his new position on 1 September.

The Aircraft Noise Ombudsman’s roles will include:

• Reviewing the handling of complaints or enquiries made to Airservices Australia about aircraft noise. • Monitoring and reporting on the effectiveness of community consultation processes relating to aircraft noise undertaken by Airservices. • Monitoring and reporting on the effectiveness of the presentation and distribution of

aircraft noise-related information. • Making recommendations to the board of Airservices Australia for improvements relating to public consultation and handling of complaints where necessary.

The Ombudsman will provide regular reports to the Airservices Board and the Minister, and produce a detailed and public annual report.

I am pleased that Mr Brent is taking up this position, and I have no doubt that his experience will be invaluable as the new Aircraft Noise Ombudsman. Tuesday, 27 July 2010

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