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Friday, 30 October 1970

Mr Lionel Bowen (KINGSFORD-SMITH, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Civil Avia tion, upon notice:

(1)   When was Towra Point first considered for development as an extension to Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport.

(2)   Did the Prime Minister announce that Towra Point was no longer under consideration. If so, when.

(3)   What reason was given by the Prime Minister for excluding Towra Point from consideration.

(4)   When was it announced in the Parliament that parallel runways would be constructed at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport.

(5)   When will these runways be constructed and what is the estimated cost of each.

(6)   At what distance from the existing runways will the parallel runways be constructed.

(7)   What properly or land will need to be acquired for the construction of these runways.

(8)   Will the residents in the Botany and Randwick Municipalities suffer an increase in the jet noise burden by the construction of these runways.

(9)   Were the details and diagrams of the parallel runways tabled in the Parliament. If so, when.

(10)   Did the Noise Exposure Forecast for Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport exclude consideration of the parallel runways configuration, If so, why.

Mr Swartz - The Minister for Civil

Aviation has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   The development of Town Point as an airport had been kept under review from 1945 to 1969.

(2)   Yes, in March 1969.

(3)   Community noise problems.

(4)   Tentative plans for parallel runways were brought to the notice of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works when it was considering the International Terminal Building project in 1965. They are mentioned in the Standing Committee's report to Parliament dated 21st September, 1965.

(5)   , (6) and (7) Alternative proposals for parallel runways are currently under study and it is too early to finally determine their layout in relation to the existing runways, the time of their construction, and the cost

(8)   The traffic at Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport is increasing and is expected to do so for a number of years. Special endeavours are made to keep the noise disturbance from aircraft operations in areas adjacent to the airport, including Botany and Randwick Municipalities, to a minimum. Some increase in noise occurs with increasing traffic. New types of aircraft will be required to comply with noise standards which will effectively reduce the noise these aircraft create, and this should gradually effect a reduction in noise disturbance in the longer term.

(9)   Please see answer (4) above.

(10)   No, but the appropriate Noise Exposure Forecast will be taken into account when considering the parallel runway project.

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