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Monday, 6 December 1999
Page: 12921


Mr McClelland asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 13 October 1999:

(1) With reference to recommendation 5 of the Proponent's Statement (June 1997) for the Long Term Operating Plan (LTOP) issued by Airservices Australia, what system or systems have been adopted to provide periods of respite.

(2) With reference to recommendation 6, what monitoring and operational experience indicate that adjustments could not be achieved satisfactorily with only the other nine modes, hence requiring the operation of Mode 8.

(3) With reference to recommendation 19, what is the status of the noise abatement climb procedures standardisation.

(4) With reference to recommendation 21, how many ANEIs have been produced since the commencement of the LTOP, and what are the figures in relation to those ANEIs.

(5) With reference to recommendation 24, is the number and distribution of aircraft movements the only method of informing the community about distribution of aircraft noise; if not, what other methods are used; if no other methods are used, are there plans for more accurate methods, including the size of the aircraft or the heights of the aircraft.

(6) With reference to recommendation 27 has the formal safety analysis been completed; if so, will he provide me with a copy; if not, what were its major findings.

(7) Has the aim, expressed at page 3-22, of the LTOP that low-power, low-noise approaches are to be supported, been effected; if so, (a) how has it been effected, (b) when was it effected and (c) what data is available to evidence the approach.


Mr Anderson (Deputy Prime Minister) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) A system of runway rotation so as to share the noise and possible respite is in place at Sydney Airport with ten different modes of operating the runways at Sydney Airport under the Long Term Operating Plan (LTOP). Areas around the airport which are overflown vary according to which of the runway modes is in use. Under the Plan the runway modes are used as weather and traffic conditions permit to provide respite.

(2) The LTOP has been progressively implemented since August 1997 and the distribution of traffic using different runways has been closely monitored to assess progress towards the LTOP noise sharing targets. Mode 8 is being introduced in an attempt to move closer to the LTOP targets.

(3) Following detailed examination of the climb procedures for each of the runways, ICAO A departure procedures have been adopted for Runways 34L and 34R. ICAO B departure procedures are in place for the other runways.

(4) Quarterly ANEIs have been produced since the commencement of LTOP. These are all made available to the Sydney Airport Community Forum (SACF), the peak consultative body on LTOP, of which the Honourable Member is a member. The SACF Secretariat can make further copies available to the Honourable Member on request.

(5) A number of ways are being used to provide information to the community on the distribution of aircraft noise in addition to the number and distribution of aircraft movements. As stated in (4) above, ANEIs are being produced on a regular basis. Reports are also regularly given to the community on the noise levels monitored at the 11 permanent and up to three mobile noise monitoring stations located in the suburbs around the Airport. Noise contours showing the number of noise events above 70 dB(A) have also been produced. The information in all three of these approaches takes into account the size and height of aircraft.

(6) Yes. Airservices Australia advises that a safety case was undertaken for each stage of LTOP implementation. The safety cases found that the various procedures to implement LTOP were safe to introduce and implementation was conditional on safety requirements identified in the safety cases being in place. A copy of the safety cases can be provided to the Honourable Member.

(7) I am advised that work is continuing on the revised approach procedures outlined in the Long Term Operating Plan, which include low-power approaches.