Abbott government has no plans to reduce aircraft noise

Member for Griffith Terri Butler says many Griffith residents will be disappointed by the decision of the Abbott Government not to trial a night-time curfew at Brisbane Airport.

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

ABBOTT GOVERNMENT HAS NO PLANS TO REDUCE AIRCRAFT NOISE

Member for Griffith Terri Butler says many Griffith residents will be disappointed by the decision of the Abbott Government not to trial a night-time curfew at Brisbane Airport.

 “People want this government to acknowledge that aircraft noise is a problem, particularly overnight,” she said.

“Residents in noise-affected areas will be looking to the Abbott Government to make some effort to address aircraft noise.

“No-one’s against the economic benefits that come with having a modern, busy airport.

“But those benefits need to be balanced with community interests – like public health, maintaining property values, and getting a good night’s sleep.

“This month there will be between 10 and 40 flights in and out of Brisbane overnight – that is, between 11 pm and 6 am. Most nights, that involves air traffic over residential areas.

“I met with Brisbane Airport Corporation last month. Their data demonstrated there is air traffic over our suburbs most nights.

“I will be approaching the Minister and Airservices Australia. The Minister should not ignore our community’s concerns. I’m keen to hear from him about whether he plans to offer any solutions, to my community, to deal with aircraft noise,” Ms Butler said.

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