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Neighbours see benefits in Tralee estate

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Lisa Cox

Penny and Jamie Baker and Matt Zan der Plaat, centre, at the open day.

Penny and Jamie Baker and Matt Zan der Plaat, centre, at the open day. Photo: Melissa Adams

Jerrabomberra resident Penny Baker is not entirely supportive of the NSW government's approval of the controversial Tralee housing development.

But the development of 2000 homes on the NSW border does have one significant advantage for Mrs Baker, her husband Jamie and their daughter Raven, aged 7.

''If there's a high school developed as part of this, that is going to be a very good thing,'' she said. ''We are happy that by the time our daughter is old enough to go to high school, there might be a new high school here.''

Open day for residents on controversial Tralee development.

Open day for residents on controversial Tralee development. Photo: Melissa Adams

Jerrabomberra residents who attended an open day held on Sunday by the developer, Village Building Company, said Tralee's rezoning signalled the end of a long wait for community facilities for the area.

''There's a sports club, swimming pool, playground, high school,'' resident Ray Hooper said after viewing the plans. ''I think it's a good development.''

But Mr Hooper said he believed aircraft noise would worry the suburb's residents.

Canberra Airport opposes the rezoning, adamant that complaints about aircraft noise will stymie development of the hub.

''We used to live in the flight path and there was a bit of noise, but we put up with it,'' Mr Hooper said. ''I noticed a plane come over before and I thought, I wouldn't want to live under that.''

But Jerrabomberra Residents Association vice-president Margot Sachse said noise complaints would come from elsewhere. ''What will come to pass if they start flying 24 hours a day is that the people of Hackett and the people of Gungahlin will be the ones pushing for a curfew,'' she said. ''When they take off and push over towards Gungahlin and they do that at two in the morning, that will be where the complaints come from, not south of the airport.''

7 comments

  • All I can say is, people who think it's going to be OK to live in Tralee are nongs.

    We've had a couple of planes go overhead (Chisholm) in the last couple of weeks - not sure why, maybe off course? - but it was Very Obvious as they were so loud. I wouldn't want to live under that.

    Commenter
    Mardi
    Location
    Tuggeranong
    Date and time
    December 10, 2012, 8:42AM
    • The only people who think this development is a good idea are Bob Winnel and the NSW Liberal Party because he gave them a large campaign contribution. The whole concept is a disgrace. Not one flight should be redirected over Tuggeranong for this development. If Winnel signs an agreement to that effect then the Tuggeranong residents association should have nothing to fear. I suggest flights be redirected over where Mr Winnel lives.

      Commenter
      Eric Olthwaite
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      December 10, 2012, 9:17AM
      • I can see the residents of Canberra & region pushing for a curfew if the airport goes 24 hour noise making.

        Commenter
        dusty
        Date and time
        December 10, 2012, 12:22PM
        • Every bit of land and every house in Tralee must have a noise clause in the sale contract, acknowledging that it is under a flight path and giving up the right to complain about aircraft noise.

          Commenter
          Meanwhile
          Location
          in the real world
          Date and time
          December 10, 2012, 12:37PM
          • After viewing the plans, Mr Ray Hooper reports that there is a sports club, swimming pool, playground and high school. Are these being provided by the Village Building Company or is it land only and others will have to stump up the money if you want them built? I suspect the latter.

            Commenter
            Ebenezer
            Date and time
            December 10, 2012, 2:40PM
            • @Mardi, Planes over Chisolm? so loud? I lived in Gilmore for years and very rarely heard a plane. Very high still at that point and would have been coming into land. Planes landing are not that loud, its taking off thats noisey. They very rarely take off southbound. Check google maps and you will see how close Hacket is compared to Jerrabomberra. Many more complaints about noise come from ACT residents (even from Tuggeranong by the sound of it) rather than NSW residents.
              Other capital cities have residential developments much closer with many more planes landing than we do.
              You 'wouldn't want to live under that', then don't! Others will happily live under that, if its affordable and lets young couples have a chance to live the Aussie Dream, I am all for it! Remember The Castle?

              Commenter
              Supply and demand
              Date and time
              December 10, 2012, 3:53PM
              • Ebenezer, You are right. The Jerrabomberra Residents Association has been fooled into supporting this shoddy development with promises from the Village Building Company for new "facilities" for the Jerra community. What the JRA and VBC has only just confirmed is the promises are for the vacant land and not the bricks and mortar. So the 350,000 residents of Canberra and Queanbeyan are being held to ransom by a small group of people that claims it represents the entire Jerra community and for what, vacant land that, as the JRA president was quoted in the press" may not be built on for 10 or 15-years. So while the JRA is still waiting for its swimming pools and community halls the rest of Canberra and Queanbeyan will be saddled with aircraft noise sharing.

                Commenter
                Another Grumpyoldfart
                Location
                Tuggeranong
                Date and time
                December 11, 2012, 7:52AM
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