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Tuesday, 25 September 2001
Page: 31448

Mr McMullan asked the Minister for Transport and Regional Services, upon notice, on 6 August 2001:

(1) What measures raised in public submissions incorporated into the Canberra Airport Master Plan were adopted to mitigate or minimise aircraft noise over north Canberra.

(2) How many complaints about aircraft noise have been made in (a) 1998, (b) 1999, (c) 2000 and (d) 2001.

(3) What suburbs in Canberra have been identified as the main areas emanating complaints about aircraft noise.

(4) What ongoing processes have been set in place to ensure minimisation of aircraft noise on Canberra residents.

Mr Anderson (Minister for Transport and Regional Services) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Canberra Airport Master Plan called for the Capital Airport Group (CAG) to “introduce a range of measures to mitigate the impacts of aircraft noise exposure, and to generate community understanding of the extent and impacts of noise exposure.” The measures subsequently adopted by CAG include:

· Maintaining the Noise Reference Group, established by CAG as part of the public consultative process associated with the preparation of the Canberra Airport Master Plan, as a regular committee meeting three to four times annually and now called the Canberra Aircraft Noise Consultative Committee;

· Holding ongoing meetings with both Airservices Australia and General Aviation (GA) operators to consider how existing GA operations can be improved upon to minimise the impact of aircraft noise over North Canberra; and

· Developing and releasing for public comment in April 2001 a planning document titled `Minimising the Impact of Aircraft Noise: A Proposal by Canberra International Airport to Quarantine Excessive Aircraft Noise from Canberra and Queanbeyan Residential Areas'. As part of this process, I understand that CAG held six public meetings and received 70 submissions from interested parties.

(2) The number of complaints about aircraft noise at Canberra Airport received by Airservices Australia in each of these years are as follows.

(a) 100 complaints in 1998.

(b) 148 complaints in 1999.

(c) 129 complaints in 2000.

(d) Up until the end of July 2001, 253 complaints have been received.

(3) Airservices Australia and CAG have provided information that identified the suburbs from where complaints about aircraft noise have been received. The suburbs from where most aircraft noise complaints emanate are Hackett, Amaroo, Ngunnawal, Watson, Jerrabomberra and Pialligo.

(4) I am advised that Canberra has noise abatement procedures in place which operate to keep aircraft noise at a minimum. These include:

· Over populous areas, existing noise abatement zones prohibit jet aircraft from transiting below 5,000 feet altitude above ground level and propeller aircraft with maximum take off weights of 5,700 kg or more from transiting below 3,000 feet altitude above ground level.

· Specific runway procedures are prescribed for arriving and departing aircraft to follow to further minimise aircraft noise.

· Aircraft noise related issues are also discussed by a range of stakeholders within the Canberra Airport Aircraft Noise Consultative Committee (CAANCC). The committee includes Commonwealth agencies, state and territory government bodies, airlines, aircraft operators and community representatives.