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Tuesday, 1 May 1973
Page: 1474

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned electors of the Division of Flinders respectfully showeth.

That concern is felt by electors in the said Division at the prospect of a second major airport to serve Melbourne being constructed in the area south of the Princes Highway and between a north-south line through Cranbourne on the west and a northsouth line through Yannathan on the east, because:

1.   The living conditions of residents would be detrimentally affected by

(a)   the invasion of privacy and peace, both day and night;

(b)   the pollution caused by the jet aircraft using the airport and also by industries established to serve the airport; and

(c)   the ear-assaulting noise of the aircraft which would use the airport.

2.   The livelihood of residents would be adversely affected by

(a)   a decrease in the value of real estate on the fringe of the airport;

(b)   the emission of air-oxidants known to affect crop yield and quality, from the jet aircraft which would use the airport; and

(c)   the take-over of many viable farms, on some of the most productive agricultural land in Victoria as the site for the airport itself.

3.   The construction of the airport would mean the destruction of the Quail Island sanctuary and other bushlands which provide the ecological environment for native animals and birds.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled will take immediate steps to seek an alternative site for the proposed airport. And your petitioners, as in duty bound, humbly pray. by Mr Lynch.

Petition received.

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