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Thursday, 29 October 2009
Page: 7726

Senator Bob Brown asked the Minister representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, upon notice, on 7 September 2009:

With reference to the Canberra Airport master plan:

(1) (a)   What is the scope, content and exact timing of the planned 2010 Airservices Australia review of the management of aircraft noise; (b) will this review commence before or after new construction work for the freight hub development begins; and (c) to what extent will Airservices Australia consult with the affected local community.

(2)   Of the 17 000 jobs to be created over the next 20 years: (a) what is the analysis that supports this estimate; and (b) what types of jobs will be created.

(3)   In regard to the increased number of flights and truck movements: (a) by how much will greenhouse gas emissions rise as a result; (b) what are the plans for mitigating the increase in emissions; and (c) what are the plans for addressing the safety and environmental concerns of increased transport of aviation gas by road.

Senator Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) —The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   Airservices’ noise review will occur in 2010 and it will be public, with local community involvement.

(2)   The Canberra Airport Master Plan states its forecasts are predicated on full occupancy of existing and intended facilities.         The Master Plan lists the categories of businesses that operate at the Airport, including: infrastructure; air transport; aviation support services; retail/wholesale; and office.

(3)   The Australian Government has set out its proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and complementary measures to address transport emissions in Australia.         Aviation gas must be transported in accordance with the Australian Dangerous Goods Code. The Code is designed to reduce the risks of personal injury, property damage and environmental harm arising from the transport of dangerous goods by road.