Greens Candidate for the Senate Simon Sheikh. Photo: Jay Cronan
The ACT Greens are exploring legal avenues to stop the controversial Tralee housing development, saying it leaves Tuggeranong residents at risk of noise pollution.
After a 15-year dispute, property developer Village recently struck a deal with the Canberra Airport that would allow it to build 1500 houses under the airport's flight path at Tralee, just over the NSW border.
In return, the developer will warn home-buyers at Tralee about Canberra Airport's 24-hour aircraft noise and all houses in the development will be heavily insulated.
But Senate candidate Simon Sheikh still hoped the development could be stopped, saying Tuggeranong residents were concerned that noise-sharing arrangements could be struck with Tralee.
''There are legal and other avenues that we are exploring right now, and we'll continue to do that with the people of Tuggeranong,'' Mr Sheikh said.
The Greens' six-point plan for Tuggeranong, released on Wednesday, said Tralee residents would be good campaigners for noise sharing because they would live in the politically powerful bellweather marginal seat of Eden-Monaro. ''If in the future Tralee residents do become concerned about aircraft noise and campaign for the flight paths to be moved at a later date, it will be the Tuggeranong Valley community who will have to bear the burden of additional noise,'' it says.
Canberra Labor MP Gai Brodtmann said she would fight to ensure Tuggeranong would not experience noise pollution because of the development. ''I was particularly concerned about the fact that people would start complaining about the noise and flights would be diverted,'' she said.
Having worked with the community and the council since her election, she said: ''I've written about it and I'll continue to work with them to ensure flights are not diverted over the Tuggeranong Valley.''