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Airport noise report released

By sepi 14 August 2009 25

Air Services Australia has released their quarterly report into air traffic in Canberra.

Of interest this month is the new noise monitor in Hackett.

As part of their campaign to run freight planes every 2 minutes overnight in Canberra the airport has consistently stated in the media and in official submissions that no residents in Canberra will get aircraft noise of over 65decibells (p80, 2009 preliminary Draft Master Plan).

However the ASA report shows the new Hackett noise monitor has recorded aircraft noise of 70DB as a daily event in Hackett. Measurement technicalities have seen the airport explain 70% of these away as community noise. EVen that complicated equation still leaves a 70DB noise occurring every second day in Hackett, under current flight conditions.

Given that 45DB is the noise level accepted as waking people up at night, regular 70DB noise levels do not bode well for regular overnight flights.

And for those who feel that they are well away from the flightpath, the diagram of flight directions on page 20 of the report is of interest. As the airport gets busier, the flightpath expands to fit in more planes, and to cover more of Canberra.

So the issue of noise and nightflights is relevant to many of us. The ACT government is strangely silent on the issue of overnight flight noise.

Federal Minister Anthony Albanese is to approve or reject the airport’s masterplan on August 28. This plan details their future ambitions to run freight planes over Canberra at night, to relieve Sydney of aircraft noise. Given that Minister Albanese’s seat of Marrickville is subject to a lot of aircraft noise, he may welcome the chance to send some of it our way.

The Air Services report clearly makes a lie of the airport’s claim that no residents will hear planes of over 65DB. But it remains to be seen whether any of the politicians care about our sleep – either locally or Federally.

Further info is at:
www.curfew4canberra.org.au

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caf said :

Addison: All of NSW? No, just those residents of Jerrabomberra with an overdeveloped entitlement complex.

They have the whole NSW govt standing behind them. Think of them kinda like a union!

Holden Caulfield 12:16 pm 17 Aug 09

To any Hackett residents, do you hear planes now without deliberately listening for them?

I’m not suggesting the problem is not going to get worse, but I live inside the 4.5km zone used for measurements and can barely think of a time where I have noticed any aircraft noise from commercial carriers.

The odd War Memorial related activity, yes, but nothing to worry about otherwise.

Ivan76 11:02 am 17 Aug 09

sepi said :

pps – all I can find right now is a reference to 15 flights between 11pm and 6am. The flights every 3 minutes must be increased daytime flights.

In any case – the main issue is the need for a curfew preventing any flights between 11pm and 6am – such as the residents of Sydney have to protect their sleep. Surely we deserve the same protection.

I should point out that the curfew for Sydney is only in the 16 & 34 runways not the 06 which is open 24 hours for cargo planes only. The 07 & 25 runways pretty much point directly to the sea which is why residents do not hear the noise at night.

Sure, we do need protection from excessive noise but the airport needs to make money and be viable also, this must include the running of planes at night time. Since we do not have an ocean to make unconsequential noise over, the government really needs to have a rethink about Tralee.

Of course this does not bode well with NSW’s plan to surround us with townships…

Granny 10:04 am 17 Aug 09

The point is they are having problems with it in Sydney and now they want to bring it here. No. Just no.

sepi 9:34 pm 16 Aug 09

I’d like to see the noise barriers that could block the noise of a plane flying directly over the house………

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