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Tuggeranong gets set for noise fight

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John Thistleton

Former President of the Tuggeranong Community Council Darryl Johnston is angry over the approval of Tralee.

Former President of the Tuggeranong Community Council Darryl Johnston is angry over the approval of Tralee. Photo: Elesa Lee

Tuggeranong Community Council will arm residents with legal advice for any future aircraft noise sharing movements emanating from Queanbeyan's new residential subdivision of South Tralee.

The council has added to an uproar from federal and ACT politicians after the NSW government approved re-zoning rural land at Tralee, south of Canberra Airport, near flight paths.

Long term Tuggeranong Community Council member and former president Darryl Johnston said when aircraft noise inevitably rained down on Tralee's residents they would pressure their political representatives for relief.

''In the swing seats of Monaro and Eden Monaro the politicians will be falling over themselves to address the noise.

'' I'm not an idiot, I can see this happening. Blind freddy can see it.

''They can insulate the homes, what's that going to do? People won't be inside 24/7. What are they going to do, hand out ear muffs as welcome gifts?''

The council's lawyers' advice will be presented on December 4, on options for residents impacted by noise. The council could not afford to take its own action.

''If this development results in aircraft noise affecting the Tuggeranong Valley, then we believe residents deserve to be fully protected and compensated for the loss of neighbourhood amenity, disruption to their lives and possible property devaluations,'' Mr Johnston said.

He said the Australian government had spent $475 million on noise reduction for Sydney and Adelaide, which included purchasing homes and noise-proofing others in both cities.

Assurances from the NSW government, Queanbeyan City Council and developer Village Building Company had not quelled fears of aircraft noise increasing from international flights and freight planes, which may lead to campaigns in South Tralee to have flight paths moved over Canberra and Queanbeyan, including Tuggeranong, that currently did not suffer from noise pollution.

Village Building Company chief executive Bob Winnel said the developer attempted years ago to address a public meeting organised by the community council.

''We were shouted down by the airport and when we tried to speak were threatened, we were told we would be asked to leave.''

Mr Winnel said noise sharing had only occurred in Sydney when a third runway was built in the middle of established homes. Hundreds of other developments like South Tralee all over the country had not caused noise sharing or curfews.

NSW Planning Minister Brad Hazzard said South Tralee's strict noise management would include notifications on zoning certificates and noise insulation in homes.

Mr Johnston said he supported federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese's objection to Tralee.

''I don't care whether you support the Canberra Airport or not, it services the entire south-east of NSW, it is major infrastructure for south east NSW and you are going to nobble it in the same way Sydney Airport, and Badgerys Creek as an option for a second Sydney airport, have been nobbled. This defies belief.''

9 comments

  • Darryl, if you cause trouble and have those horrible planes diverted over north belconnen I will get a solicitor as well and mr byron won't have any planes coming or going.

    Commenter
    COOL OLD DOG
    Location
    ACT
    Date and time
    November 14, 2012, 9:43AM
    • Well done, Darryl. We've seen it all too often. Bunch of suckers enticed by cheap housing on a weekend when there might not be as many flights overhead end up complaining about aircraft noise.

      Canberra Airport should divert as many flights as possible over South Tralee to give people an idea of what they'llbe in for once the developers start selling off the plan.

      Commenter
      YS
      Date and time
      November 14, 2012, 10:27AM
      • Wake up Canberra and Queanbeyan. Can't you see that in a couple of years after moving in Tralee residents will complain about aircraft noise and increased air traffic over their homes and succeed in getting flight paths moved, not only over Tuggeranong, but other parts of Canberra and Queanbeyan. The Tuggers Council is right and this is exactly what others are warning will be the end result of Tralee.

        Commenter
        Kambah Kid
        Date and time
        November 14, 2012, 10:35AM
        • What a NIMBY attitude Mr Johnston has. If he bothered to drive to Jerrabomberra he would see that there are plenty of houses already under the flight path that do not cause a disproportionate amount of noise complaints. The Tralee development will be further from the flight path than those in Jerrabomberra. What Jerrabomberra residents and I suspect future Tralee residents will be up in arms about is the disturbance of their sleep by Mr Byron's arriving and departing older / noiser freighter aircraft at all hours of a curfew free night.

          Commenter
          Liberte
          Location
          Canbera region
          Date and time
          November 14, 2012, 11:58AM
          • Why *should* Mr Johnston, or anyone else in Canberra, have to put up with aircraft noise in his backyard? One of the reasons that people bought houses in these areas is precisely *because* they were NOT under a flight path!

            "What Jerrabomberra residents, and I suspect future Tralee residents, will be up in arms about is the disturbance of their sleep by Mr Byron's arriving and departing older / noiser freighter aircraft at all hours..."

            So why did they buy houses under the flight paths? If Jerrabomberra and Tralee residents don't want to put up with aircraft noise, why should others have to? If Jerrabomberra has more noise than Tralee, then its residents must be even sillier than those who apparently want to live in Tralee!

            The whole point of the aircraft noise corridor was to prevent this ridiculous situation, but money always seems to speak louder than courtesy, consideration and common sense.

            "...there are plenty of houses already under the flight path that do not cause a disproportionate amount of noise complaints." No kidding? It isn't the *houses* that cause the noise complaints, it is the aircraft flying over them....

            Commenter
            Robert
            Location
            Canberra
            Date and time
            November 14, 2012, 12:56PM
        • Liberte, then there are a lot of NIMBYs in Tuggeranong and other parts of Canberra, including me, who will refuse to accept aircraft noise being forced upon them by a developer who has ignored advice from just about every quarter NOT TO BUILD HOMES UNDER A FLIGHTPATH AT TRALEE.

          Commenter
          Kambah Kid
          Date and time
          November 14, 2012, 12:44PM
          • Why would Tuggeranong residents get flights over them?
            Is it aligned to the approach or take-off to the Canberra airport main runway or I.L. system....NO!
            I've found lawyers always represent themselves first then others, so waste your money on a legal opinion that will tell you want you want to hear only then get your claim thrown out in court with costs awarded against you when you find you have no legal basis.
            The existing background noise level in Tuggeranong would far exceed an occasional aircraft gliding along at 1500 meters altitude and the airspace above Tuggeranong and it would make a good area to stack all those frieght planes in a holding pattern everynight, after-all it is Canberra's airport.

            Commenter
            dusty
            Location
            Goose at 6 o'clock captain!
            Date and time
            November 14, 2012, 2:21PM
            • I say suck it up. I am in a new suburb with aircraft noise, which I wasn't aware of before purchasing and they didn't compensate us.

              Its just poor government planning and as always the little person suffers.

              Aircraft noise should be shared!

              Commenter
              SB
              Location
              Bonner, Canberra
              Date and time
              November 14, 2012, 2:23PM
              • It will be like everything else, like in Sydney, buy under the flight path then whinge about the noise, they are buying in industrial zones and doing the same thing. Yes if you move in you will want some other buggar to have the same disabilities as you, It's human nature, look at the whingers in Sydney, some of them are well away from the airport but it still doesn't stop them.

                Commenter
                ngwalker
                Location
                Canberra
                Date and time
                November 14, 2012, 10:53PM
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