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Airport warns of flight path housing deferral

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John Thistleton

Stephen Byron.

Stephen Byron. Photo: Lyn Mills

Canberra Airport says the New South Wales government appears to be deferring, not banning, residential development under noisier sections of a flight path south of the airport at Tralee.

But late on Monday a NSW Planning and Infrastructure spokesman said this was not the case.

He said housing would only be allowed well beyond the noisier sections.

Last week NSW Planning Minister Brad Hazzard announced Tralee's rezoning, saying it was a win for the developer and for the airport, because it allowed 2000 homes, but well outside aircraft noise contours known as Australian Noise Exposure Forecasts (ANEF).

Set by the federal government, the restriction allows housing up to 25 ANEF.

Mr Hazzard said the NSW government had focused Tralee's development in low noise areas outside the 20 ANEF.

Airport managing director Stephen Byron said advice he received yesterday contradicted Mr Hazzard.

''The brief letter from the acting director general of planning is the first actual formal advice we have received on the matter,'' he said.

In that advice, the acting director general says: ''I have decided to defer those lands between the 20 and the 25 Australian Noise Exposure Forecast contours.''

Mr Byron said the airport had suspected from the moment the announcement was made ''under cover of Melbourne Cup Day last week'' that the remaining land in the area would not be protected from development.

''And the fact that this section of the development has been only 'deferred' is evidence that the NSW government, hand in hand with the developer, has every intention of making it open slather in that area.''

A NSW Planning and Infrastructure spokesman said the land was currently zoned rural and environmental protection. It would be rezoned for non-residential use only.

Mr Byron said simply to defer the development would mean it would come later, and if that bit came later there would be nothing to stop the building of up to 6000 houses originally planned there.

''While making the obvious point that aircraft noise does not stop at some invisible line as the minister seems to think, the inevitable outcome will be more and more complaints about aircraft noise, noise sharing across Canberra and Queanbeyan and a curfew which will utterly curtail Canberra Airport's long-term growth plans,'' he said.

Developer Village Building still has an option, subject to planning approval, to develop Environa, another parcel of land near Tralee.

Last week Village managing director Bob Winnel said the company was not looking at it at this stage and was focused on Tralee.

''We really don't want to get into it, if anything comes up we will debate it at that time.''

16 comments

  • It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that building homes near an airport or under a flight path, doesn't make sense. It's probably been deferred so they can move in and build houses when they think people of the ACT have forgotten about the issue, ie wait until the bad press is over.

    Commenter
    WorkingMum
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    November 13, 2012, 8:44AM
    • There are already thousands of homes under Canberra airports existing flight paths so some a Tralee that aren't under the flight path won't matter.

      Tugger's residents don't have to worry about aircraft noise, they can sit back and relax in paradise to the hundreds of incessant barking dogs & the doof doof doof sub-woofer serenade interspersed by the 4 cylinder, full flow bugle muffler, blow off valve brigade rev'ving through the gears day & night.

      Byron is obssessed with Tralee & Winnel and can't let it go & never will... even though his been beaten at every post.

      Commenter
      dusty
      Location
      Ah... the serenity of Kambah
      Date and time
      November 13, 2012, 1:59PM
  • The sooner Stephen Byron stops his childish temper tantrum and moves on from this decision the better. Just because he didn't get his way with his precious airport like he has for the past decade we are going to hear nothing but whinging doom and gloom from him now for the next decade.

    Commenter
    Pete
    Date and time
    November 13, 2012, 9:10AM
    • Ah Mr Byron, the last grasp of a desperate man. If Byron only read his airport's own statistics, that the number of air movements has actually decreased, he should then be spending more time trying to maintain current operations rather than building a fanciful dream of being a major airport, or knocking the Tralee development. Canberra is not Cairns nor the Gold Coast. It is not a city based predominantly on tourism. It must have a great airport that services the true needs of its 400,000 residents and a realistic projection of number of tourists and business travellers. The Tralee development will not prevent this. As Minister Albanese readily admits, it will not be Tralee that stymies Byron's grand plans, it will be a future freight hub at either Wilton or Badgerys Creek!

      Commenter
      Liberte
      Location
      Canberra region
      Date and time
      November 13, 2012, 9:14AM
      • People can build houses on the runway if they wish. They can wave at people checking in for all I care. I will care if one flight is re routed over Tuggeranong. Let the buyer beware.

        Commenter
        Lord Lucan
        Location
        Canberra
        Date and time
        November 13, 2012, 9:36AM
        • Don't care what Pete & Liberte have to say, if the current flight paths change, and we have to share flight noise, I will be the first one to sign up for civil action against NSW government. Why do we have to build residential houses under the flight path??? Can NSW government provide iron-clad guarantee that flight paths wont change EVER in future? Then please go ahead build as many houses as you like. Some people I understand love planes flying over their homes!! The noise and rattle is so exciting...

          Commenter
          Super Cool
          Location
          Tuggeranong
          Date and time
          November 13, 2012, 9:52AM
          • Why would the flight paths "change"? The noise countours clearly show that the planes will still fly in exactly the same way that they do now (and again for the record, no houses will be "under the flight path" as per the plan), and besides, they HAVE to fly this path in order to align with the runway and instrument landing system correctly.

            There are already houses closer to this flight path now in Jerrabomberra than what Tralee will be - has the value of these properties dropped at all - No.

            No one can provide any iron clad guarantee that flight paths won't ever change in the future, just like any one now won't guarantee that houses in your street won't be bulldozed sometime in the future to make way for a freeway or the like. It is called progress, and there are too many precious Canberrans around who have nothing better to do than jump around foaming at the mouth at the slightest suggestion that their life might be inconvenienced in the smallest possible way.

            What a huge "uproar" over something so minor... Get over it.

            Commenter
            Doug
            Date and time
            November 13, 2012, 1:37PM
          • @Doug. It might be minor to you, but not to the residents of Tuggeranong!

            As you say the flight path doesn't have to change, then whats the issue with providing "iron clad" guarantees.

            I don't consider "bull dozing" someones house as progress!! If they do, I am sure the residents would be amply compensated. That is exactly what I will be asking from the NSW government, if I have to relocate because of noise which can be avoided by building somewhere else.

            Someone has mentioned that Jerra house prices actually went up, at the same time the residents of Jerra are now complaining of noise? Soon they will move to Gunghalin and Molonglo as there are plenty of better locations to live than under a flight path!!

            Commenter
            Super Cool
            Location
            Tuggeranong
            Date and time
            November 13, 2012, 5:07PM
        • Byron, get back to trying to run your little domestic airport, forget about trying to go international, let the builders build and let everyone get on with things without you complaining every time the word Tralee comes up!

          Commenter
          driver
          Date and time
          November 13, 2012, 10:31AM
          • I am no fan on Snowtown and I reckon they have a lot to answer for for all the un-airport related development they have at the airport.

            However on this subject I have to agree 100% with them. The airport has been there for a very long time, there is no other alternative anywhere near Canberra so it has to stay, so why build houses under the flight path?

            A look at history (Jerra for example) will show that even though residents of Tralee will be well aware of the noise risk they WILL complain and THEY WILL ask for noise sharing. All of this can be avoided by building elsewhere.

            There is however a comment in another story from the Tuggeranong Community Council talking about the costs of double glazing and insulation in Sydney and Adelaide and how this would effect Tuggeranong residents if noise sharing was called for. For the record if noise sharing were to happen, yes you would get more noise, but you wouldn't need insulation and double glazing in Tuggeranong.

            The area's in Sydney and Adelaide that required this were in locations under the direct route and much closer, a bit like the house will be if built in Tralee. Tuggeranong would be like living in Lane Cove or Hunters Hill as far as height and noise would be concerned, whereas the insulation was required in places closer like Marrickville, Sydneham etc.

            Commenter
            Jimmy
            Location
            CBR
            Date and time
            November 13, 2012, 11:26AM

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