Shamelessly cut and pasted from an email from Canberra Airport (and no I am in not in any way shape or form employed by related to mates with or anything to do with Terry Snow):
Today we ask for you to make your voice heard one more time.
The proposal for rezoning the land to the south of Canberra Airport for residential housing (Tralee) is open for public submissions. Join Canberra Airport along with many other concerned citizens and help prevent this rezoning and keep our homes undisturbed by aircraft noise.
Putting forward a submission is easy. You may either send an email to email@example.com with the heading Tralee Rezoning (addressed to the Mayor or the General Manager) or send your submission by mail to:
Queanbeyan City Council
PO Box 90
Queanbeyan NSW 2620
All submissions are due no later than 4:30pm on 22 December 2009.
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For further information on the draft rezoning please visit http://www.qcc.nsw.gov.au/page.aspx?page=9718
Many thanks for your consideration of this request – I’m sure that together we can help commonsense prevail.
[Ed] We also got a story in from moneypenny2612 addressing the same topic which I’ve included below.
Recently, Rioters engaged in a robust discussion about the proposed Tralee housing development.
Today, Ben Sandilands wrote an interesting opinion piece for Crikey. The edited highlights are:
[T]he reality of Tralee is that because of strict noise rules already applying to aircraft movements over Canberra and Queanbeyan, its rural splendour is the main conduit for flight paths that avoid the built-up areas.Building on Tralee conforms to the institutionalised cretinism of NSW planning’ processes, which is essentially what the federal government, AirServices Australia, Qantas and, surprise, the owners of Canberra Airport have all said.
By creating a situation where noise sharing rules by day and a curfew by night would become inevitable, the Tralee development cuts off the proposed development of curfew-free Canberra Airport as a 24 hours air-freight hub serving Sydney as well as the immediate region.
It also threatens the future use of Canberra Airport by medium-sized new technology wide-body jets to provide Sydney bypass flights to South-East Asia, China, Korea and Japan.
There is, however, a wider issue. Without efficient air transport, no city or region can develop its business, tourism and product distribution to their potential, and thus loses access to future growth in jobs and prosperity.
Queanbeyan risks injuring the city that sustains it.
But this is NSW. Tralee will go most likely go ahead, and Canberra and Queanbeyan will pay an enormous price.
There is more commentary on the always interesting Plane Talking blog (written by Sandilands) about the potential economic dividends for the ACT and Queanbeyan that would flow from expanding and improving the region’s transport capacity. Presumably these economic dividends would far exceed the contributions from aspiring Tralee rate payers?
So, leaving aside the matters of residential amenity that has attracted much RiotACT comment to date, does residential in-fill at Tralee improve the local economy? If so, in what ways and for how long?
Incidentally, the Queanbeyan City Council is consulting the public about the environmental impact of the proposed development at South Tralee – the closing date for submissions is 22 December 2009. Despite claiming that the consultation documents are available online the QCC seems to have forgotten to upload them or has hidden them somewhere even Google can’t find. If any Rioter manages to track down the e-versions, please let everyone know.