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The fight to protect Canberra against noise sharing continues…

By toriness - 8 December 2009 82

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 council@qcc.nsw.gov.au 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.

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.

moneypenny2612
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.

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willo 11:34 am 23 Dec 09

bundyone said :

OK. for all you ppl who say that there is noise at Tralee i say this.

I grew up on the property Tralee so has the rest of my family. In the 100 odd years that my family and the 20 odd years i have been there not once has aircraft noise bothered us or even been an issue. I think what most of you don’t realise is that the planes actually fly over closer to Jerrabomberra not over Tralee. When the planes fly past Tralee you can’t hear them as they are so high and so far away you don’t even realise they are there. If anyone would like to come out there and spend a day there i am more than happy to take you. Just email me at justin.m@bigpond.net.au. I am also going to try to stay on the property somewhere once it is rezoned so i can keep apart of my history at Tralee. All this nonsense about the airport saying it is under the flight path is bull. If you look up the flight path or even fly on a plane out of Canberra Airport you can see out the window at where tralee is. You wouldn’t be able to see it if the flight path was over the top as there is no windows in the floor.

well how about bugger the development……….leave tralee as is and keep ALL your family history…..oh and lease the old speedway back out to someone who will reopen it and restore something else that was a big part of tralee’s ( and the canberra region’s)history?

chrisi 11:29 am 23 Dec 09

bundyone said :

OK. for all you ppl who say that there is noise at Tralee i say this.

I grew up on the property Tralee so has the rest of my family. In the 100 odd years that my family and the 20 odd years i have been there not once has aircraft noise bothered us or even been an issue. I think what most of you don’t realise is that the planes actually fly over closer to Jerrabomberra not over Tralee. When the planes fly past Tralee you can’t hear them as they are so high and so far away you don’t even realise they are there.

Bundyone,

I realise that you live there and don’t have a problem ‘now’ with planes, but dont you think that’s a little bit near sighted? “There’s no problem now, so lets build anywhere we like”. Sydney has a huge infastructure problem now because of lack of foresight in planning decisions in the past.

In 25-50 years, when your ‘family history’ has long since been chopped up and sold off for a fortune, you won’t care about the problems of having a residential area in Tralee. You… like Ken, have a vested interest in getting this development completed. Now, there’s no problem in people developing property and making cash… I myself do it. But it’s greed plain and simple that dictates the ‘logic’ of building residential under a flight path. That area would be much better suited in light industrial, but of course that won’t yield as much now will it.

Again, let me reiterate… the arguement that VBC and you put forward about inviting people over to look at planes today is pointless. There is no doubt that over the next 50 years that flight path is going to get a hell of a lot busier. Having a clear flight path to an airport will be unique in this country. Greed before logic ‘developing’ needs to be stopped. Greed on the councils seeking revenue increases, and greed on the developers and property owners seeking to make the best profit at the expense of a great number of people in the future. But who cares right? Won’t be your problem.

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