The airport now has an organised, co-ordinated group opposing its various plans for growth: Curfew 4 Canberra.
It is made up of a number of residents associations in the ACT and NSW, and its stated aims are:
– To secure an 11pm-6am curfew;
– To oppose Canberra Airport becoming a 24 hour freight hub;
– To oppose Canberra Airport becoming Sydney’s 2nd Airport;
– To oppose the construction of a parallel (third) runway.
They are currently running a petition and ask people to print it off their website and get people to sign it, however it has to be back with the group by March 14th. A number of businesses and bodies around town are displaying the petition (which is where I learned about this group).
They are also raising the interesting point that, if the airport gets to increase operations to the levels it proposes, it will account for all of the ACT’s emissions allowance by 2040.
There is an unsubstantiated rumour doing the rounds that the aiport will be put on the market before long.