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Wednesday, 20 September 1972
Page: 990

Senator GIETZELT (NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Minister for Civil Aviation aware that as a representative of local government on 'the Mascot noise abatement committee I suggested that ascending aircraft should fly out to sea from the airfield before proceeding to their destination at altitudes which would not annoy the residents of .Sutherland Shire? Could the Senate be informed why it has taken more than 3 years to have this reasonable proposal implemented?

Senator COTTON - I do not think it would be expected of me that I. would be fully informed on the honourable senator's activities in other fields of government, although I do applaud his work for local government, having been involved in it myself. I think that when .1 first became the Minister for Civil Aviation the honourable senator, with many other local government people councils surrounding KingsfordSmith Airport, was involved in a consultation with me about setting up a noise abatement committee to try to help the situation. It is equally true, as. he will recall, that at that time we were confined to operational procedures based , on the then control tower. The new control tower has allowed operational procedures which will produce a better situation for residents of the Cronulla area and, 1 imagine', some people in Sutherland. The principal reason for the delay referred to by the honourable senator would be the control tower limitation, which has now been removed. However, the honourable senator may well like to have more precise and detailed information, which I shall get for him.

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