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Tralee approval 'won't affect' airport expansion: NSW

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Stephanie Anderson, Ross Peake

Village Building Company director Bob Winnel, Queanbeyan Mayor Tim Overall  and NSW MP John Barilaro on site at Tralee.

Village Building Company director Bob Winnel, Queanbeyan Mayor Tim Overall and NSW MP John Barilaro on site at Tralee. Photo: Jay Cronan

The controversial Tralee housing development won't inhibit the growth of Canberra Airport, claim NSW politicians, who could not rule out the possibility of noise complaints from future residents.

But the region's federal Labor members have described the go-ahead as short-sighted, claiming the NSW decision could hurt Canberra's economy in the long term.

An artist's impression of the Tralee development.

An artist's impression of the Tralee development.

Rezoning for the 2000 new homes south of Queanbeyan was approved by NSW Planning Minister Brad Hazzard today, with the stipulation that residents be notified of the potential for aircraft noise in the area.

Canberra Airport has fiercely opposed the development, with managing director Stephen Byron stating it will inhibit future growth.

But member for Monaro John Barilaro said the decision would not rule the facility out as an option for Sydney's second airport in the future.

Map showing approved development areas.

Map showing approved development areas.

"We've taken into account Canberra Airport's master plan, which allows it to grow to five times its size," he said.

"That's similar to the amount of aircraft movements we see in Sydney today. We've done nothing that changes that master plan."

However Mr Barilaro said he could not guarantee that future residents would be content with the noise levels from nearby aircraft.

"We can't say today that in 10 or 15 or 20 years' time, that people aren't going to be concerned about the noise," he said.

A statement from Senator Kate Lundy, and MPs Gai Brodtmann and Andrew Leigh said the trio had consistently opposed the development.

‘‘Planning approval for the development is contrary to every single independent assessment of the development, which recommended that the development not go ahead,’’ they said.

‘‘The new development will be situated under flight paths and compromises the ability of Canberra Airport to provide additional services in and out of the national capital.

‘‘It also has the potential to redirect existing flight paths over long-standing residential areas of Canberra.

‘‘This will have a long-term impact on Canberra’s economy as it has the potential to reduce the amount of business and tourist travel to and from Canberra.’’

The federal Labor MPs said the Tralee go-ahead undermined the call from NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell for Canberra airport to be Sydney’s second airport.

‘‘Given the NSW Planning Minister has said no homes will be built under flight paths, we call on the NSW Government to give a public commitment that they will not stand in the way of future development at Canberra Airport and will not seek to divert future flight paths over Canberra.,’’ they said.

‘‘We remain opposed to the development and will continue to advocate for planning decisions that take into account the need to balance the economic and social interests of Canberra and the broader region.’’

Chief executive of Village Building Company Bob Winnel said he was pleased that the "long, drawn-out saga" was over.

He said he was expecting continued opposition from the airport throughout the planning process, but intended to ignore further allegations against the approval.

"This is not an outcome of some shonky process," he said.

"This process was tested in the Land and Environment Court of NSW. There was an 84-page judgement. That judgement rejected every criticism of the processes ... It trashed the objections."

Mr Winnel also denied the company had made significant donations to the NSW Liberal Party, stating that he had only attended a few fundraising dinners.

He said the project was now looking at a development timeframe of approximately five to seven years, with hopes to start work onsite by November next year.

The development – which will provide hundreds of onsite jobs for workers, as well as boosts to businesses in Queanbeyan and Canberra - will include significant insulation for the homes.

"The insulation will add about $10,000 per home and that simply comes off the land value," Mr Winnel said.

"It won't affect the affordability in any way whatsoever."

15 comments

  • Lovely artists impression of the future Tralee, but unfortunately the planes flying over roof tops have been conveniently left out.

    Commenter
    Another Grumpyoldfart
    Location
    Tuggeranong
    Date and time
    November 06, 2012, 11:37AM
    • The reason that this was "left out" is because as per the ANEF20-25 and ANEF25-30 standards, the planes do not "fly over the roof tops" at all. This is clearly shown in the South Tralee rezoning decision diagram. What map are you looking at?

      Commenter
      Pete
      Date and time
      November 06, 2012, 12:00PM
    • Classic bureaucratic rely, Pete. Planes do NOT have to fly directly "over the rooftops" to generate unbearable noise. I lived in Camperdown in Sydney when little Johnnie has the flights paths altered to keep the planes away from his electorate, and the noise was horrendous. You couldn't hold a conversation without shouting into the other person's ear, and phone calls had to wait several minutes until the plane had passed over and the noise died down to a dull roar. I have no idea if this improved after the change of government, because I had already long since moved out. I wouldn't live in Tralee if you paid me.

      Commenter
      Robert
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      November 06, 2012, 12:32PM
    • Regardless Robert, they still do not "fly over roof tops".

      Commenter
      Pete
      Date and time
      November 06, 2012, 1:27PM
  • $10k for noise insulation - more like $70k!

    Commenter
    Bb
    Location
    Queanbeyan
    Date and time
    November 06, 2012, 11:44AM
    • After complaints from local residents air traffic was re routed over Tralee. What is going to happen now? Anyone who buys there is a complete idiot. I hope Winnell loses the shirt off his back on this and people avoid it like the plague.

      Commenter
      Jerrabomberra resident
      Location
      Jerrabomberra
      Date and time
      November 06, 2012, 11:53AM
      • Only a politician would say, "We can't say today that in 10 or 15 or 20 years' time, that people aren't going to be concerned about the noise" and still support the project as he'd be long gone by then. Only a fool would buy property there.

        Commenter
        Akari
        Location
        Raro
        Date and time
        November 06, 2012, 1:25PM
    • Simple really, make every person who buys a house/land or rents a property in Tralee sign a waiver ensuring that they can not and will not complain about aircraft noise ever, and that if they sell the house or rent the house that the new owners/renters must also enter into such an agreement. a copy of all of these waivers should be given to the airport.

      That way the Airport can keep operating, and the flight path will not have to be shared around.

      Commenter
      Marcus Australius
      Location
      North Gungahlin
      Date and time
      November 06, 2012, 12:08PM
      • Excellent idea! That way hardly anybody will be prepared to buy there, and there will be no complaints if they do (yeah, right.....).

        Commenter
        Robert
        Location
        Canberra
        Date and time
        November 06, 2012, 12:23PM
      • New Tralee residents may sign an agreement saying they will not complain about aircraft noise, but what happens when air traffic builds up. They can then turn around and challenge the agreementt they signed saying it was based on past noise levels generated by less aircraft at the time they signed. And what about the next generation of residents, will they also be required to sign agreements? This scheme is full of holes big enough to fly a Jumbo through.

        Commenter
        Frequent Flyer
        Date and time
        November 06, 2012, 1:03PM

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