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Wednesday, 29 August 2001
Page: 30587

Mr SLIPPER (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration) (9:55 AM) —On 7 June this year I rose in the Main Committee to talk about the increasing problem of aircraft noise at the Sunshine Coast airport, Maroochydore. I had organised a public meeting at which the residents of Buderim were able to express their concerns over how the quality of life and the peaceful enjoyment of a wonderful community was being disrupted by the increasing aircraft noise resulting from the local airport.

I was impressed by the very large number of residents who came to the meeting. It was a very reasonable meeting. People stood up and said that they chose to move to this premium area of the Sunshine Coast because of the lifestyle and the peace and quiet. There were so many reasons that Buderim has been chosen by people who have moved there, particularly from southern states, as the place where they wish to live, bring up their families and, in some cases, enjoy their retirement. Airservices Australia went away, following the points made by the residents at the public meeting, and undertook to come back to the community with a range of proposals for consideration. I have to say that Airservices Australia was a little slow in getting back to me. I did, however, continue to follow up Mr Allison from Airservices Australia and finally received a letter pointing out the work that had been done since the initial public meeting, with a view to putting forward proposals for consideration by the community at a subsequent public meeting.

I have written to all of the attendees at the initial meeting, and I have called a public meeting for 6 p.m. on Monday, 3 September at the Buderim Bowling Club, Elizabeth Street, Buderim. The community will be there and Airservices Australia will be present. A range of proposals will be put forward from Airservices Australia for consideration by the local community. There is an acceptance by Airservices Australia that there is a major problem and, as the local representative, I am determined to continue to stand up for my constituents to make sure that the problem of increasing aircraft noise is removed so that the quality of life which people have enjoyed for so long at Buderim is restored.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Nehl)—In accordance with standing order 275A, the time for members' statements has concluded.