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‎SOS – Save Our Suburbs/Save Our Serenity

By OzChick 8 May 2007 67

I got this email today, I don’t even know how I got on to this mailing list…

‎SOS – Save Our Suburbs/Save Our Serenity

“How’s the serenity?” asks Darryl Kerrigan (Michael Caton, “The Castle”) whilst on holidays at Bonnydoon. He and his family had to go on holiday to escape the everyday reality of aircraft noise over their home.

In Canberra, we have the serenity in our suburbs now, because jet planes aren’t allowed to fly over our homes – instead they fly over rural properties north and south of the airport. But if houses are built at Tralee directly under these flight paths, it won’t be long till they complain and try and move the noise back over Canberra like it was before 1995 – see below. Like the Kerrigans, you will need to go on holiday to escape the aircraft noise.

So, tell us what you think by emailing us at so that we can pass your views on to those that can stop this stupidity.

If you know anyone that lives in the suburbs below or who doesn’t like aircraft noise, please pass this email on to them and get them to act.


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I-filed 5:33 pm 13 May 07

Dusty is right I think – I seem to recall that Canberra’s winter fog was an issue when the freight hub was first discussed. Perhaps the airport entrepreneurs are confident that climate change is putting paid to the fogs.

Pandy 8:48 pm 09 May 07

Well if it is on one of the maps that I have pointed you to let me know the point and how loud it is. Good to know if Snow and Byron make more threats about noise sharing. (BTW I have checked the Sydney airport landing maps a nd they all turn in for final approach 10nm out – so much for THAT noise sharing).

ant 8:35 pm 09 May 07

They already turn over my place. In fact, since returning, I’ve noticed a lot more planes at all times of the day, some even heading outwards (used to be incomings only). They turn over the mountain I’m on.

Pandy 8:08 pm 09 May 07

I performed a little experiment:

Went and parked outside the entrance to Fraser Park Speedway with my sound meter. Background noise was less than 40dB with the occasional motor bike on Lanyon drive registering around 50dB.

On most Airservices Australia on the link above, this equates to a point on the landing path of around 7nm out from the end of runway 35.

This point is about 1600m from the nearest house in Jerrabomberra. Most aircraft are 1500 to 2000 feet above ground level at this point.

I measured one large jet aircraft going past at 50 to 64dB: Two smaller jets do 50 to 64dB and one prp job do 40 to 54dB.

seepi 5:34 pm 09 May 07

Ah – we seem to get a lot of smaller planes (sometimes very low and loud), and helicopters.

Pandy 5:00 pm 09 May 07

Jemmy and Ant:


Scroll down to Canberra. You’ll see Ant that they will turn over your place.

jemmy 4:39 pm 09 May 07

seepi: I don’t know, I’m just looking at the charts with the defined traffic routes in and out of Canberra. Clouds wouldn’t be an issue, they just fly through them. Sometimes air traffic control will vary an aircraft’s route to cater for other traffic, but since we’re talking about general traffic and not one-offs, generally they should follow those routes. (Also, we’re talking jets, non-jets have slightly relaxed rules.)

Perhaps the plane is just on the other side of Mt Majura, but since you’re in Hackett it appears that they are over you?

One thing I do know is that ATC is red-hot on noise-abatement, it would be rare they would vector aircraft to infringe the noise-abatement areas unless they really had to due to, say, the weather. ATC *hate* getting noise complaints, pita for everyone. Also, things like VIPs, police and emergency, and the military can get non-standard routes.

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